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
    John, 29 Jul 2008 @ 4:20pm

    Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    As an old guy myself, I was interested at how much you sound like me!
    I too have had the issue that Vista has stuff moved and renamed for no reason. Also it forces users to do what it wants, not what THEY want and have been happy with while using XP.
    I can't seem to add it to my home network of xp machines, but what irritates the most, it is on the wifes new Sony laptop that does not have drivers available to go back to XP with it. I say go back, that means chronologically, not in tech superiority.
    Than there is the control panel, with fixed large icons.
    I told the wife not to get it, but she figured I could fit XP on to it. We gave away a new PC we bought last year to a relative rather than bother with the Vista on it.
    I will be trying Mac once XP gets too unmanageable or if MS foul it up in some weirdo marketing move.

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