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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    CJay, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:38pm

    Practical Example

    Had a $1600 Sony Vaio from 2002 running XP. Used it to work mostly in Word and Web Browsing. Bought a $2000 Viao with Vista last year as the old one seemed to be slowing down and not dealing with large documents well. New one is double the RAM and double the processor speed and is twice as slow as the old laptop in doing the same work. No technophobia, not unwillingness to upgrade, just pure and simple needing to get the job done faster and Vista failed. 'Downgraded' to XP and now I have the performance boost I expected from a new laptop. The one thing Vista did do better was detect the wireless printer with ease. I think Vista is an attempt to mimic the Mac Os but done with bloat instead of streamlined beauty.. but I rarely use Macs so that's just an outside opinion.

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