Microsoft Plays Practical Joke On People To Convince Them They Like Vista

from the talk-about-getting-desparate dept

It's no secret that Microsoft has a bit of a problem on its hands concerning the general public's impression of Microsoft Vista. The fact that people regularly joke about "upgrading" to the previous OS version, XP, is clearly an issue for the company. So what did it do? Apparently, it played a bit of a practical joke on people, getting them to play around with Vista, while pretending it was an early version of the OS that will come after Vista. Microsoft was clearly trying to get quotes out of people about how cool it looked -- and the company carefully made sure to get users of a wide variety of operating systems (Mac, Linux, Windows XP and Windows 2000, according to the site). While it might come across as a neat little publicity stunt, it does give you a sense of just how bad Microsoft's initial marketing campaign was. In order to make up for it, the company had to trick people into trying out Vista. Ouch.

Filed Under: operating system, practical joke, vista, xp
Companies: microsoft


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    Paul Wherrett, 28 Jul 2008 @ 3:17pm

    XP > Vista

    So far, I have "UPGRADED" more than 50 machines to XP. 40 of those were at work, and the rest have been friends/family and side-jobs. Vista is good for the first few days, once you start actually using it, it is crap! Why? because you need the hardware to run it and most people don't want to replace their computer for a new operating system. Specially if the computer is NEW!... and that's just the heardware part, then we're talking about doing actually 'real' work on the machine and getting annoyed by the awesome DRM 'features'.

    I used Vista at work so I could get familiarized with the OS, but after two weeks of (3 days) dealing with hardware/driver issues, and (2 days) trying to make it feel like XP (as far as responsiveness and usability), I switched back.

    This new Microsoft stunt wreaks of idiocity... don't they know that if they shower, dress, and give glasses to a donkey to make it look smarter, it will still be a freaking Donkey?

    XP has come a long way, Microsoft just decided to let it go and start from scratch, Vista reminds me of Windows ME.... ewww!!! Yuk!

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