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 @ 5:34pm

    Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    As a technician, allow me to address a few of your concerns.

    The settings were moved, so now it's time to re-learn them like you did when XP came out and you went from 98. Or like you did when 95 came out from 3.1. Microsoft does this with every generation of OS.

    The resource grabbing extra-crap is enabled by default in XP too. Remember how it had indexed searches on? Also, when you buy a manufacturer computer they put their own trials on there that slow it down anyway. Since 90% of people buy manufacturer computers they'll have to optimize it anyway so it's peanuts compared to removing Norton 360 trials or getting rid of that ridiculous Acer e-software.

    You can change the start-menu style to classic. The stack list is more optimal than the classic because you can't lose your place by accidentally hovering the mouse over a blank space.

    The search works fine. Have you talked to a troubleshooter about your indexing problem?

    Look at the features list for Vista. Built-in encryption, file backup, network automation, troubleshooter, live indexing, parental controls, optional glossy interface, ability to have movies as your wallpaper, performance increase with media and gaming-related software, DirectX 10 graphical interpreter. The list goes on friend.

    Concerning office 07: that has nothing to do with the Vista OS but I'll say this, people complain about every graphical UI including adobe, fluxbox, KDE, and program manager from 3.1. Even the Mac OS UI pisses people off. You can't please everyone.

    XP statistically BSOD's more commonly than Vista.

    Most of what you said was opinion yes, except the part about it blue screening more, that's a flat-out falsity.

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