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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  1. identicon
    Bryan James, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Getting annoyed by this

    Hi, nice to meet you, I work in IT, use Vista daily and HATE it. why should I need 2 GB of ram just for the OS?!? Why for some major "features" of the OS do I need a 3d Graphics card? I use Linux and XP on far lesser machines (p3's compared to a quad core, 2gb ram vista machine) and move around much faster.

    Admittedly it does better after SP1, but still needs a ton of work

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