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9.29.2009

How Microsoft Lost Its Way

I heard about this about three weeks ago (through a nerdy tech podcast because I'm nerdy like that), and saw the video about a week later. I dismissed it at first but the strange attraction of the Internets keeps drawing me back to it. Microsoft will soon release Windows 7. The best minds in the marketing business decided that it would be a good idea to encourage "Windows 7 Parties" and, in conjunction, Microsoft released this promotional video to get the job done. I can't say I've watched the whole thing, but it's mesmerizing in a horrible way. The jerky camera. The cross section of America. The overly happy participants. The dialogue which has never been spoken in at any party anywhere. Apple is now making a computer that you can hold in your hand (the iPhone), and Google can pretty much replace Windows Office with Google Docs. The future does not look bright if this is any indication where Microsoft wants to take us. (Or, alternatively, the heck with all that. You might want to watch Conan bust his head instead.)

23 comments:

M-M said...

And how much is Microsoft paying for folks to host such a party and promote their product?

Anonymous said...

You speak the truth. If I was Bill Gates, then I would fire whomever green-lit this video. It does more harm than good.

Do you also recall the failure that was Jerry Sienfeld's $10M Microsoft's pitchman deal?

They are doomed.

Anonymous said...

Lame + fail
I lasted about 30 seconds
Why do you need a party, and which one was the gay guy, or was it both of them?

Anonymous said...

Can't stand Conan....the head bust was on the news this morning....pretty funny.

Anonymous said...

It's so easy a Monkey or Those Muslims could use it.

Casual Observer said...

CONAN BLOWS

Anonymous said...

Microsoft should give everyone who bought Viruses, Intruders, Spyware, Trojans, and Adware (a/k/a VISTA) a free upgrade. I've had nothing but problems with my Vista system. It will not let me install the latest service pack (SP2) because of a "corrupt file."

Anonymous said...

A windows 7 party? Stupid and lame. Bill Gates, kiss my a$$.

Anonymous said...

Apple may have a hold in your hand iPod touch/iPhone but they don't do FLASH and are incapable of lots more necessary features that could possibly replace a computer!
I have been using the preview versions of Windows7 and the Release Candidate and I AM a host for a party in Decatur (and all-you-all are NOT invited)!

Anonymous said...

This video is so lame that it makes me wonder if some marketing genius did it on purpose to create some viral buzz. Probably not, but, man, it's so, so bad.....

What kind of nerd has a sofware party anyway?

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a Tupperware party.

Anonymous said...

Did they think we wouldn't notice it was a PC correct set-up? Jeez, everyone knows white people don't invite niggers to parties.

CaserAnn said...

where's the booze?

that's not a party....

Anonymous said...

Apple fanboys can continue to predict the doom of Microsoft... But, it will still be THE language and way of doing business for years to come. As it is now.

Anonymous said...

I went to an iTouch party when I was in college...years before iPods were invented.

Anonymous said...

4:22 - The only difference in this and a tupperware party, is that I would actually go to a tupperware party! This is crazy! Bill Gates, I am totally disappointed in you!

Anonymous said...

4:22 - The only difference in this and a tupperware party, is that I would actually go to a tupperware party! This is crazy! Bill Gates, I am totally disappointed in you!

Anonymous said...

The only way I'm going to one of these parties is if Paula Deen is hosting it. "Come on ya'll...get in here and getcha a cha-ir, we're gonna cook up some macararoni and cheese ya'll while we look at this new computer set-up. Uh-oh ya'll, looks like I spilled some chocolate on the keyboard ya'll. Oh well, let's just eat and forget about it!"

Anonymous said...

Last night, while watching the news, I saw one of them news people reading their notes from one of them fancy phone things, instead of his usual little paper note pad with the lines on the paper.

I guess my investment in them flippy pocket note pad thingies is gonna go bust, ain't it, Jarlip? I knew I shouldn't have listened to your investment scheme.

I should have kept my money in cattle and goats.

SkidRow said...

Did somebody on this blog just brag about hosting a Windows 7 party in Decatur? How embarasskins! What's the over/under on horned rimmed glasses and pocket protectors at that bash?

Anonymous said...

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

Anonymous said...

you know, it makes this video much more interesting if you think of 'windows 7' as some sort of sex toy.
just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Skidrow: Perhaps Barry can arrange an interview with The Wise County Messenger to assuage your embarasskins with me as I never wore honed rimmed glasses and am hosting the Windows7 party to which all-you-all are NOT invited!
The first computer/software where I served as a NERD (Systems Field Engineer for IBM Military Products) was a duplexed system that would have filled the Wise County Convention Center!