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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    R3d Jack, 28 Jul 2008 @ 11:55am

    Here's an anecdote

    I know one person who knows PC's and who likes Vista. He's a PC support tech, and he likes the security system. Vista's security system guarantees that the user can't screw up their machine. It basically turns a PC into a thin client (that needs lots of resources). What's not to like?

    On the other hand, I use Zone Alarm Suite on my XP machine, and it handles security nicely, and it lets me tell it to remember my choices. I bought a iMac for the family, and it's faster than my XP machine and the LAF is fantastic and fast.

    I don't hate Vista, I haven't tried Vista, and I will do whatever I can to avoid using Vista. XP (with a couple add-ons) and OS X are simply better OS's.

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