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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    Dan C, 28 Jul 2008 @ 12:55pm

    Re: Re: Getting annoyed by this

    I agree, problems with Vista have been few and far between. I have seen this anticipation, aggrevation, anger and acceptance cycle before from various version of Windows since 2.1. Driver issues are real. Resource issues are real but can be optimized. Speed issues are usually memory related and/or configuration related. Yes Vista is slightly slower in some operations but it is as stable as XP. It also uses new technology like superfetch that can improve performance. There are new troubleshooting tools that make my job in IT easier. It is a more secure operating system than XP. There are tradeoffs but we must continue to attempt to move forward and stop driving the '67 Chevy without floorboards and seatbelts. OS's aren't a religion - I'm tired of the factions that assemble around them.

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