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
    Trevlac, 28 Jul 2008 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    I do. I'm a Geek Squad agent and the number of OS corruptions or missing drivers or viruses and spyware infections we've seen since the release of Vista has immensely decreased.

    The number of people just calling in to whine that they aren't familiar with the OS has immensely increased.

    Statistically I see horrible problems with XP and a lot more often than with Vista. About the worst problem right now is people using Limewire since it's built with that old version of Java and it messes up explorer.exe and all kinds of stuff. But you shouldn't use that piece of trash software anyway unless you WANT corruptions and infections.

    All-around, if you don't use legacy software that was coded badly to begin with, Vista is more than just fine, it's better than Windows XP.

    A few key notes:

    Computers these days are more than capable of running it, hardware wise, for the same price that old XP machines were.

    XP is 8 years old and still has corruption problems. That is simply inherent.

    XP is unable to use a Quad-core processor.

    XP is limited to 32-bit OS and 3.37GB of ram because the XP64 isn't hardly compatible with anything, while on the other hand the Vista-64 is what all software designers are now going towards.

    Vista has the hard drive live-indexed.

    Vista has built in encryption

    Vista has phenomenal troubleshooting abilities for networks and software. Trust me, next time your drivers go missing or your network messes up and Vista starts automatically fixing the problem, you'll thank it.

    XP will not be supported anymore.

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