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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jul 2008 @ 11:50am

    Vista is actually pretty friggin' nice

    I've had far fewer issues on my Vista machine than my XP machine. Even if you take into account only the issues that affected my XP machine since I got my Vista machine, its still been less (though, its like saying XP had one problem and Vista had none... Windows in general just isn't as bad as people say). I've had significant more trouble with my Ubuntu system than I've had with my Vista system. People complain about driver compatibility with Vista, yet nobody complains about trying to get a friggin' wireless adapter to work on a linux box. I plug it into Vista, it works. After an hour or so of figuring out WHAT to do and getting what I need, I can then go about the arduous process of editing files and installing other packages just to get the adapter working on Ubuntu. People let Linux slide with so much crap that Windows handles so smoothly. You *need* to be an expert at Linux to get it to run as easily as Windows.

    Its just popular to bash Microsoft and especially to bash Vista. It's not a bad operating system. In fact, if it was released back then as it is now, it'd have no publicity issues whatsoever. Its only people who used it *then* that are speaking badly about it. Yea, it had a rocky start and it kinda sucked... but its not bad anymore.

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