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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    Patrick II, 28 Jul 2008 @ 11:57am

    There are many issue related to Vista that really pisses me off. Being a gold partner of MS I'm on the bleeding edge of technology. Vista has been by far the most upsetting release to date. - my first laptop was upgrade from XP to Vista, after a couple months of frustration (and a battery life of 10min.) I reverted back to XP (couldn't be happier). - My second laptop is beefed up (4gb mem, 256mb vid, 72k/rpm disk and duo centrino) with the power life has gotten better, somewhat. Its all the little stuff that happens within Vista that gets so frustrating. My solution: Vista will get better...eventually. Download a free copy of 'virtual PC' from MS and install XP on that. When something doesn't work on Vista (Cisco VPN, for example) I simply startup the image and work from there. Its a tiny step forward.

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