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buffed317 05-08-2005 10:42 PM

increased microsoft advertisements?
 
over the last couple weeks i have noticed micro$oft ads on tv alot more. i am in new jersey. just wondering if the same is going on in other places? the ads just mention that with winblows all sorts of hardware and software can be used. do you think this is microsoft fighting back against apple and linux? apple's tiger os just came out and there seems to be some resentment in the mindless masses with microsoft products.

AlexV 05-08-2005 11:24 PM

M$ just launched a major XP marketing campaign:
http://www.msfn.org/comments.php?shownews=12783

Longhorn isn't due out till '06 and the competition is making them sweat. They've already had to strip most of the major new features from Longhorn, and the rest are being back-ported to XP anyway.

With Linux and OS X cutting into their market they're back to their old tactic of trying to out-shout the competition with advertising muscle.

JSpired 05-08-2005 11:26 PM

I've noted the same, but big deal... Each OS can spend their money where they wish.

freakyg 05-09-2005 01:15 AM

at least they got rid of that retarded butterfly nonsense...........

kencaz 05-09-2005 01:24 AM

Short term swamp advertising works for getting new customers, however, it does not improve your product any... People will once again catch on that they are just guinipigs for their crash testing program...

They have done this since the DOS/CPM war started.

KC

henrikanttonen 05-09-2005 04:38 PM

I remember a while ago they advertised Office-packages quite a lot in TV and especially in magazines here in Finland. There was 8 pages of nothing but facts about the software in one computing magazine. It was ironic that in the same issue there was a story about the advantages of Linux and Windows and it was said that Open Office can do everything that M$ Office does and more and they recommended Linux for offices over Windows.

davidleroux1 05-10-2005 11:49 AM

I found this somewhere
 
But while the OS bears plenty of similarities to Tiger, Allchin stressed that Microsoft has broken new ground in Longhorn. For example, document icons are no longer a hint of the type of file, but rather a small picture of the file itself. The icon for a Word document, for example, is a tiny iteration of the first page of the file. Folders, too, show glimpses of what's inside. Such images can be rather small, but they offer a visual cue that aids in the searching process, Allchin said.

AlexV 05-10-2005 12:30 PM

Re: I found this somewhere
 
Quote:

Originally posted by davidleroux1
The icon for a Word document, for example, is a tiny iteration of the first page of the file.
As if that were an 'innovation'. Gnome has been doing that with text, PDFs, and other files for a long time. And I'm sure support for other document types could be added without much trouble. So far, I've yet to hear of one feature in Longhorn that is truly original.

I'm afraid MS has gone back to trying to clone the Mac just like in the old days...

DaWallace 05-11-2005 12:05 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by freakyg
at least they got rid of that retarded butterfly nonsense...........
haven't seen any msn ads lately..

considering how they haven't done, and have no intention of doing, anything they promised to do with longhorn, microsoft is in a prime position to fall on its face if they don't do something. this is just to make them feel better by making them think they're actually helping the popularity of windows with their ads.


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