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
    Mike Moore, 29 Jul 2008 @ 3:53pm

    Re: Re: Vista sucks

    Sure it is Vista's fault.
    If I build a PC with a set of swappable drives (which I have) and load Vista on one, XP on another and Server 2008 on another guess which ones load the fastest? (BTW all use the same software and hardware.) Hands down Server 2008 boots fastest (35 Seconds), then XP (40) and then Vista (90).

    I am s Systems Tech from a Ski Resort and we have around 300 machines 1 uses Vista the rest are XP except the servers. I refuse to upgrade to Vista at this time same as IBM and Intel. Sure it's stable but at what cost? Total hardware replacement! It's not worth it and XP is not broke, it just finally got fixed.

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