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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    JPong, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:08pm

    Re: looks pretty, but looks are everything

    Not that I have any Photoshop comparisons but here is a link you should check out.

    Notice how Vista SP1 equaled or bettered anything XP did?

    XP is nice and all but the requirements for Vista are blown out of proportion. Just this morning I checked my System Monitor, I was using 800MB of my 4GB of RAM, and guess what 130 of that was Firefox, and another 80 was iTunes. I get an improvement gaming in Vista and I haven't bothered to tweak the install since I built my new computer.

    The security features are nice in Vista, and the UAC is not nearly as bad as most people would have you believe. It is annoying the first couple days when you are installing all your apps but after that it is a nice extra layer of protection.

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