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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    Zach, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:25pm

    Vista ain't that bad

    I use Vista 64-bit on one desktop (gaming, recording tv, watching blu-ray), Ubuntu Linux on another right next to it, and Fedora linux on my laptop and can say that Vista really does get more of a bad rap than it deserves. Certain parts are annoying:
    -Privileges dialog is too intrusive and generally isn't very useful (they should look at the Ubuntu or Fedora versions for how it should be done)
    -Blu-ray support is flaky at best (I've just gone to ripping them all first)
    -System reqs are a little extreme
    In reality Vista is nothing more than a Serious update to XP Pro with a bit of added security.
    I personally avoid the apple OS like the plague mostly because the DRM of the Itunes environment and that it just feels like linux with something missing (all real user control)

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