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
    pferland, 28 Jul 2008 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Vista sucks

    What I hate is when people blame a driver misconduct on the OS. most if not all the problems that I have had experienced or heard of are third party software. I was having a constant issue with my computer at work (Dell Optiplex 740). I have Vista x64 on it, and my network card would just randomly stop working. I would get the little yellow triangle, and the only way to get back on the network was to reboot or reinstall the drivers. So, I switched from the generic Dell/Broadcom Nextream driver to the Broadcom 57xx driver for Vista x64 and all has been well since. Although when i was installing x64 for the first time, I had 4GB of ram in the box (didnt matter the qty of sticks or anything, just more then 3GB) I would always get a BSOD, bring it down below 4GB and it would start running again.

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