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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:36pm

    I enjoy Vista and am another who is sick of people complaining about it. I don't what what people are smoking, but Vista boots up very quickly for me. I admit it is slightly slow to shut down .. but how often do you need to sit there and make sure it boots down before you leave.

    People who complain about how settings have moved just need to grow up and stop fearing change. Yea, I still have a hard time finding the equivalent of "Add/Remove Programs" because of the change in name, but it isn't enough for me to hate the OS. Change happens, get over it and adapt.

    My computer runs for days at a time without rebooting, without any memory problems. I have never had a problem with drivers or anything, and I enjoy the aero glass feel.

    I guess it is just a matter of opinion, but I do really think that tons of people have this preconceived notion to hate Vista ... like kids and lima beans or something.

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