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
    Monarch, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:52pm

    Re: Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    Ok, for those of you bashing Linux. I hardly know Linux at all, and guess what? I have a Linux machine I don't hardly use, I built it to learn it. Took me a couple hours to get a USB wireless adapter to work with Ubuntu, but I figured it out.
    Now a friend of mine has a computer whose boyfriend installed Vista on it, and asked me to try and get a wireless card to work, as she couldn't get in touch with that so called boyfriend. Well, I'm one of those who haven't used Vista yet, and probably won't until I'm forced to. Hell I was like that with XP also. But I'll tell you what, it was easier to learn how to navigate Ubuntu than to learn to navigate Vista. OH AND GUESS WHAT?!?!?!? I could not get the wireless PCI card nor my USB wireless adapter to work with Vista, no drivers for either. But guess what, they both work with Ubuntu and XP!

    Moral of the story..,
    The only way anyone is going to get me to use Vista, after that experience, will be because an application I need to use requires it, or my company switches to it. Until then Microscrap can keep it.

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