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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    tracker1, 28 Jul 2008 @ 3:46pm

    Vista is decent.

    I'd say, if you have a dual core CPU and more than 2GB of ram, with a decent video card, Vista isn't so bad. I have it running on a C2D w/ 4GB ram on the 64-bit version... Given, I do about 60% email and web browsing with it. It works decent. XP is faster, Ubuntu is faster still. I happen to like most of the changes (other than defender, and UAC).

    The revised user data folders all into AppData, under a single user directory is nice... wouldn't mind not having a bunch of ~/.* files/folders under *nix... it's similar enough though.

    The new locations for "all users" data in windows takes some getting used to though. Many apps break because stuff is hardcoded, or uses ProgramFiles for application data, which is user specific in Vista.

    Overall Vista is itself a step in the right direction. I think it could use some pruning. I was really hoping to see the mini kernel for windows 7, using hyper-V for sandboxed legacy apps though... not gonna happen. It's been better than my initial views on XP by a huge margin... I didn't see XP as really usable for daily activities until SP2...

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