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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    Anyometer, 29 Jul 2008 @ 7:51am

    hmmmmmmmmm

    Ok, listen i have Vista installed on two computers a laptop and an old desktop computer. I do admit that i runs a bit slow upon booting with the desktop. The only reason is that i can't upgrade anything mostly due to it's embedded on the motherboard. I have absolutely NOOOO problems with either computers. I had more problems with XP upon finding the correct drivers and upgrading the operating system with updates. I had countless errors with XP for some unkown reason, for example everytime i shutdown some stupid message pops up claiming that it can't find some path in the system32 folder. I wanted to install an application from the Microsoft website, and i wouldn't let me download because i wasn't updated, so i updated the computer and returned then it wanted me to install some piece of crap Windows Genuine Advantage software for download. Ok after that it still wanted me to install the software after i already did, rebooted the computer and still had the same issue. I installed Windows Instant Messenger and i could not run the application giving me an error code. I reported the code to Microsoft upon finding out that the code doesn't exist. Grrrrrrr, i'm pissed off about XP i don't like it at all. Vista relieved me of XP and it's nought, however the only operating system that i'm going to use from here on forth is UBUNTU LINUX!!!!

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