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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    Alfred Vilsmeier, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:31pm

    Vista ins't bad at all!

    Well, I've been specializing in MS OS's for nine years already and i can pretty accurately say : Vista isn't "crappy" or "shitty" like everyone says, you just gotta get used to it, changes come for a reason. Peop-le keeps complaining that its slower than XP - question: Was Xp faster than 98? Win98SE would be there and back again while XP was still loading. Its a far more powerful OS, what would you expect?? Search features are great, love how i can even search all my mailboxes from the start menu. It's true at the beginning it may be a little shocking to get used to vista but customizing User Account Control and Internet Security just does the trick. I still have some compatibility issues with some older software but it will eventually pass, thats the purpose of technology... I don't agree at all with people that says Vista is crap. I use Ubuntu, XP, Vista and Leopard EVERYDAY at work and I like Vista better by far to do common stuff only cause most of my tools work on diff OS's. get to know your system better, you'll be glad you did...

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