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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  1. identicon
    Wayne In BC, 28 Jul 2008 @ 3:35pm

    Vista Sucks

    I'm an IT Admin and Engineering Technologist (associative degree). I routinely work with both vista and xp in both Work and home environments. Vista is a bloated OS that is next to useless. Takes to long to do just about anything and you have to have the latest computer for it to work on. Even then it's slower then XP. Vista will go the way of ME and 2000. Sure their will be some that swear that it's the best OS ever, but we all know they sucked and Microsoft just pays them to promote it. My Vista machines needs to be restarted at least twice a day. MY XP machines run for months without being restarted. Don't kid yourself Vista security sucks. Anyone serious about security will suggest 3rd party software every time. Windows should stick with being a simple OS leave the rest to others they might just get a good system one day.

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