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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    VistaTard, 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:02pm

    I actully like Vista.

    I have a question. How many days have you been able to run XP without needing to reboot? Now how many days have you been able to run Vista without having to reboot? My guess is that XP requires less reboots and maybee less freezes.

    My next question is how many days since you've last had to reformat your PC running XP due to malware/adware? Did you loose those family photos and documents that you forgot to backup?

    Hate to say it, but I actually like Vista. Haven't had any adware or spyware infect my computer since installig it nearly eight months ago. I spent more time fighting adware and spyware on XP than actually using it.

    I'd rather be repeatedly prompted from security confirmation dialogs in Vista then being prompted by the latest malware ad popups from within XP. You know the ones (Your computer has been scanned and determined to be infected with this laundry list of of security threats. Would you like to clean it? First, You much purchase a full copy of this ill-legitimate program, that you never actually installed in the firstpalce, to disinfect).

    Most times you can't disinfect XP from these and after spending countless hours of looking for a solution, through forums, searching windows registry, to rid XP of malware and end up with no solution but to re-format and re-install XP. Windows XP has been the least productive environment to me due to the adware/malware problems and I prefer to use Vista so that I can keep my sanity.

    If I hadn't the need to connect to the internet then XP would do just fine. But since the internet is part of my daily life, I'll stick with Vista because it is more secure and less frustrating by not having to reformat.

    I can trust returning to a non-infected computer running Vista after my teenagers have gotten on it to visit myspace.

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