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
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jul 2008 @ 5:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: what's the big deal?

    Here is a quick read if you are confused by what I said.
    No, I'm not confused, but that blog article has several problems that I think are causing confusion for you.

    For one, it was attempting to compare "FAT" against "Linux". Huh? Linux isn't even a file system. It is an operating system kernel and it can be used with several different file systems, one of which happens to be FAT! See here for a list of some of the file systems Linux supports.

    For another, when was the last time you saw Vista (or XP) installed on FAT? How about never? Yet you seem to think that Windows equals FAT. Hardly. Ever heard of NTFS?

    Then it goes on to talk about how "Linux" spreads the files around on the disk. The article doesn't even specify which file system it is referring to. Well, I hate to tell you this but NTFS on NT/2000/XP/Vista does the same thing.

    Now when M$ first introduced NTFS it tried to claim that it never needed defragmenting either. While it was certainly much better that FAT, people soon realized that the claim that it never got fragmented was a myth and defragmenting tools were then developed.

    The truth of the matter is that most file systems suffer from fragmentation to some extent, even under Linux. But in the Linux world there are few tools to deal with fragemented volumes in-place. The usual way to defragment a volume on Linux is to copy the entire volume to another location, reformat, and then restore the data. It works, but it sure isn't convenient or even practical in many situations.

    The claim that file systems never get fragmented under Linux is just a myth propagated to excuse the lack of tools to deal with it.

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