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
    HD, 28 Jul 2008 @ 4:52pm

    Microsoft's mistake

    The first thing they did was announce Vista tooooo early and the whole thing dragged and got delayed month after month for 'technical' issues, then most of the laptops are shipped with vista but with 1 Gb RAM!!!

    why the hell is that? mos of them run so slow, even when u play music on its Windows Media Players, it just plays it and stops and plays and renders it as if u're listening to the track online on a HORRRIBLE connection...

    and the graphice are just too much for the RAM to handle, and most people are NOT literate enough about it to uprade the RAM like some of us...

    Another main thing is that the whole structure of the operating system is different that most popular software and prigrams just dont work on it... no one would like to risk that!

    i have several script-writing software, am a film-writer, and other media and several applications that are useless on Vista, i will not switch my system for the sake of Microsoft .. i will be a new laptop soon and will install XP on it and work around the drivers and all that crap, but i will not give up all my work and software for the idiotic mistake of a large company like Microsoft.

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