Microsoft deception

Off to a bad start

Friday, February 29, 2008 by Chasbo | Discussion: Personal Computing

Interesting look at why Vista has been less than what it should be and how MS screwed it up.
Reply #1 Friday, February 29, 2008 11:45 AM
Chasbo, I believe I understand your point, but then as consumers we are always confronted with this problem just about every time we purchase, lets say a high end of luxury item. You know, other than a day to day life supporting staple item like food and clothing.  

We hurry to buy it, hurry home to open it, and once out of the box, usually we say stuff like "doesn't look much like the picture on the outside of the box" or "doesn't do the sutff it showed on TV" or "oh, we need to upgrade it for those features".   

Reply #2 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:00 PM
That says nothing about deception; indeed, it sounds much more like a marketing SNAFU than any deliberate attempt to conduct fraud against consumers. They should've made more clear that "Vista Capable" meant "will run the new OS without the extra pretty stuff" and "Designed for Vista" meant that the buyer would get all the bells and whistles. That's exactly what the areas he quoted say. The blog's author is dabbling in conspiracy theory - he's taking the facts as presented and linking them together in a new and unprovable way.

Is Vista great? Nope. It's a dog's breakfast of pretty graphics, lobbyist-mandated content controls, and haphazard coding. However, do not attribute to malice what is the result of incompetance. Microsoft tried too hard to satisfy their business partners, to the extent that they crippled the actual functionality of the software. It is getting fixed, so there's not a whole lot left to complain about.
Reply #3 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:10 PM
Caveat emptor.

Vista has been a marketing nightmare from the start.  There really was no compelling reason to upgrade from XP and then MS was. . .  unclear . . about what would run and what wouldn't.  I'm not sure I'd call it deceptive . . but disingenuous  . . oh yeah.

(and yeah!  how about that spelling?  "Disingenuous " on the first try baby!   )
Reply #4 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:14 PM
how about that spelling? "Disingenuous " on the first try baby!

Finally installed that spell checker?  
Reply #5 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:24 PM
Finally installed that spell checker?

Actually, his wife spelled it out (very slowly) for him.

*** sorry Zubs...was just too hard to leave that one alone ***
Reply #6 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:33 PM

(she wasn't *that* slow)    
Reply #7 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:38 PM
Marketing is evil! It'll get you every time! Don't fight the know you want it! Buy! Buy! Buy!
Reply #8 Friday, February 29, 2008 12:42 PM
(she wasn't *that* slow)

Ah, so you've finally picked up your typing speed, then??

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