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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    CM, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:13pm

    There is nothing wrong with Vista

    I have two identical, high-end systems. Dual core intel class machines with 4 gigs of ram and 7900 series Geforce video(512mb). One has XP sp3 and the other Vista sp1. I have identical software loaded on both - including Office 2007, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Battlefield 2142, Ages of Empires 3, MS Flight Sim X. Everything I have tested has significant performance increases on Vista. Performance increases range from nominal (office 2007) to extreme -graphically intense games which run far better with much greater detail displayed. Most people that have gripes about Vista are wrong in believing it will bring new life to a marginal, or down right old system. If its 3 years old... it's an old computer. As for those who purchase a new computer with Vista pre-loaded and actually believe XP runs better on it. I have but one thing to say. You are doing yourself a great dis-service by pulling the most secure Microsoft OS and replacing it with a very highly patched, soon to be antiquated OS. Don't get me wrong, XP is a solid platform (best to date for Microsft) and has served the home and business markets well. However... it's time to move on. Embrace the future

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