Is Microsoft being serious..

Published on: Author: Mike Hall Leave a comment

.. in the attempt to pry XP users away from their ‘babies?. In the article provided, we learn that Microsoft were giving away $50 gifts cards, good for any Microsoft store. It would cost me $50 to get to and from my nearest Microsoft store..

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9247125/Microsoft_tries_to_tempt_XP_diehards_with_100_discount_on_new_PCs?source=rss_latest_content&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fnews%2Ffeed+%28Latest+from+Computerworld%29

For the $100 it probably cost, Microsoft could put back an official Windows classic start menu, after which Windows 8 would take off like a rocket. Instead, Microsoft is going for the ‘Catherine Wheel’ approach..

catherine wheel

All very nice while it is running, but at the end of the day, and after less than a minute of chasing its own tail, all that is left is a burnt out black disc.

To add insult to injury, the only way to get the gas money back that it took to get to the store in the first place is to buy a machine that you probably don’t want..

Personally, I don’t derive two hours or more in any direction with intent to buy something that I really don’t want.  It doesn’t make any sense, and I think that Microsoft is severely under-estimating the intelligence of its XP user base.

Microsoft should carry out an ‘Undercover Boss’ operation, sending out the top brass and decision makers who think tiles are trendy, and find out what people really think and want.

A couple of days ago, I read an article where Intel believes the future is a BIG tablet. This proves that it is not only Microsoft who should get out more.

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