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Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the too-long-since-microsoft-had-fun dept.

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Barence writes to tell us that it seems Microsoft has been grinding away in the corporate world for so long, they have forgotten what "fun" means. PC Pro managed to get their hands on one of the "party packs," and it seems woefully inadequate. Nowhere did we see a pin-the-chair on the Ballmer game, giveaways that you might actually use, or even a few balloons or streamers. Instead, the only reason to get a party pack seems to be the free copy of Windows Ultimate Signature edition, which doesn't do much for your party guests (unless you burn them all copies I guess, but we would never condone that). All-in-all, it seems that Microsoft should have gone to the nearest dorm room and asked for some pointers on how to have a good party.

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Yep (3, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697817)

This pretty much sums up the image of "nerds party pack" or nerds throwing a fun party.

Sad, but insightful.

Re:Yep (4, Funny)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697895)

The signature edition of Windows 7 Ultimate is worth it. Mine should arrive today actually. It is a great excuse to have a party, get some friends to come over, and have a few drinks. I basically won over $300 of software... the fact that they threw in Napkins and Tote Bags are silly but I certainly won't complain about it!!

What to do with your copy (5, Funny)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698013)

Be a sport and raffle it off as a door prize or auction it off, and give proceeds, less your real costs for providing food and drinks, to a charity. Does the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation accept donations?

Re:Yep (5, Funny)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698209)

It is a great excuse to have a party

No, it really isn't.

"Hey, it's Friday!" is a great excuse to have a party.

"Hey, MS sent me marketing crap, let's have a party!" is a great excuse to dress your dogs up in sweaters, because they're the only friends you'll ever have.

Re:Yep (4, Funny)

node 3 (115640) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698761)

It could have been worse. They could have included copies of Windows for the guests, too.

Re:Yep (2, Funny)

Tripledub (951046) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698569)

I am having mine on our usual drinking night. Got 20 gallons of homebrew and pizzas. Sit back and stream something from netflix and call it close enough.

Re:Yep (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698721)

But who the F wants that POS anyway?

Re:Yep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698281)

>Sad, but insightful Apparently noby with mod points thinks so.

Re:Yep (2, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698549)

The only way a Windows Launch Party Pack would be fun is if it included a large quantity of alcohol.

Re:Yep (1)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698827)

That video is so lame that it caused me physical pain.

I actually had a great windows XP install party. The release coincided nicely with the start of university. It was bring at least some alcohol and a pre-determined piece of the .rar file.
Some guy turned up already pissed, and had about 4 pieces of the rar on a iomega zip disk (remember those?). We assembled all the pieces and started in unrar, but one of his pieces was corrupt.

With luck, scandisk fixed his zip disk so we got a valid iso. Re-downloading just one piece would have been a show stopper on our 56k modems.
We had a keg and FCKGW posters. Shit was so cash.

Chair not included? (4, Funny)

Zortrium (1251080) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697839)

What will I be able to throw at the Mac/Linux users who show up?

Re:Chair not included? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29697907)

Chair throwing isn't for Mac/Linux users. It's for people who use Google maps to find directions to your party.

Re:Chair not included? (1)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698347)

Copies of UT3?

OMG! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29697845)

Releasing easily-hackable, infectable code is shameful. Not knowing how to party is unforgivable!

Re:OMG! (2, Insightful)

imamac (1083405) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698101)

That video reminded me of women planning a Tuperware party. Truly unforgivable...

Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (4, Funny)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697859)

Rubber tubing, gas, saw, gloves, cuffs, razor wire, hatchet, gladys and my mitts.

Re:Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (0, Offtopic)

sneilan (1416093) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697919)

To do what with?

Re:Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698023)

Rubber tubing, gas, saw, gloves, cuffs, razor wire, hatchet, gladys and my mitts.

To do what with?

Text MacGuyver:

? (A)pply rubber tubing to mitts
Tubemitts added to inventory
? (A)pply gas to Tubemitts
Gas-filled tubemitts added to inventory
Operation failed. Find a way to secure the gas-filled tubemitts first.
? (A)pply handcuffs to gas-filled tubemitts
Gas-filled cuffed tubemitts added to inventory
? (A)pply saw to gas-filled cuffed tubemitts
Gas-filled cuffed tubemitts explode in your face. CHA -10. Gas-filled cuffed tubemitts removed from inventory.

Crap, this Macguyver stuff is harder than I thought. Maybe those are tools to build a bong?

Re:Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (2, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698461)

Crap, this Macguyver stuff is harder than I thought. Maybe those are tools to build a bong?

As seen in "MacGuyver: The College Years".

Re:Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (2, Funny)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698153)

you never seen Frank Miller's movie SinCity??? my god man get out of the basement before its too late!

Re:Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (1)

sneilan (1416093) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698247)

Basement? Oh yeah.. I forgot. I live in a basement. Been living down here so long I didn't even know what it was anymore.

Re:Windows 7 Ultimate party pack (0, Redundant)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698789)

Sigh

Or stay in the basement and read the Eisner Award-winning book [amazon.com] .

-Peter

Elementary my dear Marv... (1)

TiggertheMad (556308) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698225)

To do what with?

to kill Elijah Wood, but good...

There is no walk of shame quite like (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697867)

waking up hung over, going over to your computer, pushing the mouse to wake the monitor and realizing you got so drunk at the party you attended last night that you installed Windows on your own computer.

Re:There is no walk of shame quite like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698005)

Ta dah!

http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/1/1d/Notagain-compy2.jpg

Re:There is no walk of shame quite like (3, Funny)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698049)

It's better than the occasional "Hey, I should try installing FreeBSD! [xkcd.com] " I get when drinking beer on the computer.

Re:There is no walk of shame quite like (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698245)

Friends don't let friends compute drunk.

Re:There is no walk of shame quite like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698405)

One time I was using a computer at a house party after a long night of drinking. A couple days later my roommate tells me that this guy's computer wasn't working anymore after he attempted to boot it the next morning. What did I do? I vaguely remember selecting a lot of files and hitting shift-delete... other than that... who knows :P

Re:There is no walk of shame quite like (0, Flamebait)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698361)

"I still fail to understand how any sane human being could actually LIKE Windows."

Apparently, you have not been exposed to SCO or SYS V.

Or AIX.

Or DeskMate.

Or DOS.

There have been worse things, just not many, nor so recently. Except maybe Gentoo, but I'm biased and beyond redemption in this area.

I agree (4, Interesting)

Icarus1919 (802533) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697881)

They should have at least thrown in a couple grams of blow.

Re:I agree (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698017)

The blow costs money, the copy of Windows costs them whatever the fuck they want to pay.

Re:I agree (3, Funny)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698113)

They should have at least thrown in a couple grams of blow.

Yeah, that was my second thought, after trying to figure out how to fit hookers in a shrink-wrapped package with an indefinite shelf life. Though I guess they could be inflatable hookers, "bring your own blow".

Re:I agree (5, Funny)

matt4077 (581118) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698161)

The threw in a box of suck. That should be enough.

Re:I agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698501)

Sudo mod you up. That was funny :) Then again, I may be wrong - I haven't had mod points in like, 2 or 3 months, perhaps in punishments for past mod mistakes.

Windows 70 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29697925)

Playing cards. Jigsaw puzzle. Tote bag.

Not bad, at a retirement home that's the equivalent of hookers and blackjack.

Oh, I get it now! (3, Funny)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697945)

The Windows 7 Launch Party, it's like the birthday party for the loved one you adore who has a terminal illness and is unlikely to see another year.

Re:Oh, I get it now! (2, Funny)

kipd (1593207) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698755)

Actually, it is more like inviting a friend to a surprise party, and then "installing" cancer in his stomach, before celebrating it with napkins and small bags.

That about sums it up (5, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697953)

You have balloons, streamers, a deck of cards, and a puzzle. It's like they want you to throw a lame children's birthday party. I really have to wonder how this got through without anyone noticing how terrible it is. And the goodies you're supposed to give to guests? Two of them are cards for antivirus software. I guess that's being responsible, but pointing out ways to fix your software's faults is still a funny way to market a new product.

what the hell kind of party is this a KEY PARTY?!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698083)

nice of MS to provide protection in the kit, you wouldn't want to wake up hung over the morning after and realize the disgusting beast you ended up getting in bed with gave you a nasty virus!

the jokes just write themselves...

Re:what the hell kind of party is this a KEY PARTY (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698189)

the jokes just write themselves...

You really ought to make a /. account and make that your sig.

Re:That about sums it up (1)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698155)

The anti-virus software is MS's version of including condoms.... sounds like they actually expect nerds to have sexual partners.

Re:That about sums it up (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698293)

The anti-virus software is MS's version of including condoms.... sounds like they actually expect nerds to have sexual partners.

No, it sounds like they don't - unless you're doing something really hinky to your computer during the Windows install...

Re:That about sums it up (4, Funny)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698207)

I really have to wonder how this got through without anyone noticing how terrible it is.

Please see Windows ME and Vista for reference.

Re:That about sums it up (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698221)

You have balloons, streamers, a deck of cards, and a puzzle. It's like they want you to throw a lame children's birthday party. I really have to wonder how this got through without anyone noticing how terrible it is.

At least Ballmer isn't going door to door dressed as a clown. Although that might not be entirely a bad idea at this point...

Re:That about sums it up (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698815)

Stop. Aren't there enough people with clown phobias already?

Re:That about sums it up (1)

Fear13ss (917494) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698291)

Yup, a rather disappointing selection of things that probably wont get used. All but that copy of Windows 7, needed to do something with my Vista Media Center. Unfortunately (insert random plug for FOSS), Mythbuntu isn't quite ready for primetime. I will say that I do appreciate the free copy of Windows 7, thanks MS. I will have people over and hold up to my contractual obligations for receiving it (if there are any). Of course we'll probably just open a bottle and forget completely about Windows 7, we may just use that Xbox 360, assuming that it doesn't choose to receive an E-74 error that night.

Re:Cards! (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698671)

Dammit, MS wasn't smart enough to wander a few towns over to Wizards of the Coast and get them to make a game!

"You have three flavors - "Easy" 32 bit - you can get it going, but it's short term ish, "hard" 64 bit - the future is 64 bit, but there's glitches, and the UltraTough 128bit that was leaked... it's not here, because nothing from MS is ever here, but if you can compile enough leaks to do it yourself and make games for it, you'll pwn in 2018.

Re:That about sums it up (1)

jolieodell (1641175) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698389)

I did like the tote bags that came with mine. They're so loud they're like the Lisa Frank stuff I has as a kid. Did anyone else get the "Conspicuously Creative" themed stuff?

The Debauched Launch Party Edition (2, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698397)

Yeah, since Windows 7 has so many different editions, the should also have a Windows 7 Debauched Launch Party Edition. All you need is lots of booze. And I mean 64 bit proof booze. Gallons of it. When your guests get tanked enough they won't give a shit about food or . . .

You have balloons,

Blow up some condoms.

streamers,

Put a bunch of razor blades in your printer, and print out a bunch of shit.

a deck of cards,

A stack of CD-ROMS and a marker. Make your own.

and a puzzle.

The desire and ability to do a puzzle can be quashed with more booze. Followed by some flaming shots, more booze.

It's like they want you to throw a lame children's birthday party.

If children are present at the Debauched Launch Party, you are going to be doing time.

I really have to wonder how this got through without anyone noticing how terrible it is.

At the Debauched Launch Party, most people won't even remember being there.

And the goodies you're supposed to give to guests? Two of them are cards for antivirus software. I guess that's being responsible, but pointing out ways to fix your software's faults is still a funny way to market a new product.

At the Debauched Launch Party, you give your guests STDs

Re:That about sums it up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698429)

How much more evidence do you need that they have no clue and only exist because of a monopoly they were handed years ago? They probably asked that little girl they use in commercials thinking that she really knows how to use the computer and party too. I'm sure those Microsoft Stores are going to be big hit too.

Re:That about sums it up (1)

Prophet of Nixon (842081) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698507)

The puzzle is oddly cool, but have you looked at the poster? It's the stuff of nightmares. The napkins are going to be randomly placed in restaurant napkin dispensers.

You got balloons and streamers? (1)

YuppieScum (1096) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698771)

You bastard!

My pack just had branded napkins and the bags...

What MS should do for launch (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697955)

For every dollar you spend on a retail, upgrade, or OEM operating system between now and 30 days after launch, you get a coupon worth, I don't know, say 50 cents good on any MS product purchased between 31 days after launch and January 31. "Buy your friends a Christmas present or use these as a stocking stuffer!"

Talk about PR and buzz.

But did they do that? Nooo....

The only way this could backfire is if
*it was poorly executed, or
*it was perceived as a desperate attempt to generate sales, rather than a gift to loyal customers

I wasn't sure this is real (3, Funny)

NoYob (1630681) | more than 4 years ago | (#29697969)

So, I did a bit of searching and I found this on Tom's Hardware [tomshardware.com]

The video of Balmer getting out of breath was worth it.

Balmer, you really need to get some exercise!

It looks for real and you can get a free version of Windows 7 Ultimate if you host a party!

Re:I wasn't sure this is real (4, Funny)

Fnord666 (889225) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698243)

It looks for real and you can get a free version of Windows 7 Ultimate if you host a party!

If you promise to hold a party but don't you receive two copies as punishment.

I got mine yesterday (1)

keithpreston (865880) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698007)

I got mine in the mail yesterday. Like most nerds I am doing the party for the free copy of windows. As a software engineer who depends on software for a lively hood I refuse to pirate it, so the free copy is nice. However my wife thought that they tote bags were cool and colorful. She will definitely hang the streamers and stuff. I guess it depends on who you are. The only thing for nerds in the pack is the license key. Other types of people might enjoy some of it, but what can you really provide for free on a budget? I'm guessing the the whole pack cost them less then $10 (windows for them is basically free). Really, tell me what you could include for under $10 that would make a better party, that is not illegal, or morally sketchy (think beer pong, I mean, water pong supplies)?

Re:I got mine yesterday (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698139)

Really, tell me what you could include for under $10 that would make a better party, that is not illegal, or morally sketchy (think beer pong, I mean, water pong supplies)?

A coupon for two at White Castle?

Re:I got mine yesterday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698331)

, I mean, water pong supplies

Ironically that would be more dangerous than beer pong, its pretty easy to OD on water, esp. if you think drinking mass amounts of it is harmless.

Windows 7 house party is like a dell secrets site (1, Insightful)

iamacat (583406) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698025)

There is just no punch

Pathetic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698029)

Like some middle age balding guy trying to party with glow stick-swinging teenyboppers.

Hey, we are talking MS, leave me out of this.

Robocop had a Windows7 launch party (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698037)

Robocop had a launch party with Mrs. Wilson's 3rd grade class.

hillarity ensued. [fukung.net]

And Where . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698073)

. . . are the virus and zero-day exploits that are always a part of any Microsoft party?

I wonder (2, Interesting)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698115)

I wonder how many of the Windows 7 "parties" will really be Linux install fests.

Re:I wonder (2, Funny)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698123)

You're frightening me.

Re:I wonder (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698195)

The first luser to ask me to install Windows 7 for them is getting a Solaris 10 box back.
After all 10 is 3 better than 7.

11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698403)

Yeah, but ours goes up to 11, its one louder.

Re:I wonder (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698199)

Considering Windows 7 shits all over every Linux distro I've ever used... probably none?

Party games missing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698137)

Things like "throw the chair at the Steve Jobes photo" game.

Maybe it's just epic reverse psychology? (1)

dave562 (969951) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698145)

Maybe Microsoft is just trying to make the launch of a software product so completely lame and uninteresting that people see how stupid marketing really is. Maybe they're trying to poke fun at Apple and everyone else who makes a big deal of their releases. Who am I kidding? Microsoft really is that lame. What else do you expect when the majority of the employees aren't even citizens of the country the product is sold in? Of course they're going to blow things like product launches, and completely fail to connect with their target market.

Or maybe they're hoping that the American economy really is so devastated, and people are so desperate for a reason to come together with their neighbors that a free copy of Windows and some streamers really will be a big hit. Again, who am I kidding?

Re:Maybe it's just epic reverse psychology? (1)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698399)

> What else do you expect when the majority of the employees aren't even citizens of the country the product is sold in?

That a someone competent would require that the marketing was controlled by some subset of employees who actually were members of the same culture as the target market, just like in every other normal multinational corporation (assuming the target market is significant enough)?

Punch and Pie (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698211)

Given all the comments and thoughts... I just got my party pack this week.... I took it to the office, distributed the bags, gave away the puzzle, and basked in the glory of my copy of windows 7 ultimate signed edition, I installed the software and threw away ballmer's signature.... All in all, not too bad for a couple minutes of filling out a form! At least they didn't renig on their promise of the software :)

Mozilla Wasn't Much Better... (1)

BiggoronSword (1135013) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698217)

Recently had a Mozilla Firefox 3.5 release party. Even after some schmoozing and 2 other release parties already under our belt (and a previous honorable mention on their part), we still ended up with some shoddy swag.

The "shitty" economy might be to blame.

A Reply From A Non-Nerd (2, Interesting)

gers0667 (459800) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698235)

When I opened my Party Pack last night, my wife's reaction to almost everything in it was "WTF!".

We are still going all out for the party, just for the sake of irony.

Windows is a seven year old girl (3, Funny)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698251)

Microsoft is trying to deflate the "John Hodgeman as PC" meme. So, since everyone knows that it's not appropriate to pick on little girls, "Windows 7" is personified by the (almost) seven your old girl in the ads. Apple looks like a big ,meanie. Why not give her a little birthday party, with cake, and games, and clowns, and.... OMG PONIES!!!

Re:Windows is a seven year old girl (4, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698407)

Windows 7 isn't a seven year old girl. It's the village retard given a new shirt and some fresh napkins to clean up the snot and drool.

Re:Windows is a seven year old girl (3, Funny)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698475)

Why you insensitive clod! Now you've made her cry.

Re:Windows is a seven year old girl (2, Funny)

Romancer (19668) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698653)

The next Mac vs PC add is going to be John Hodgeman having an awesome party with the cards and posters and little tote bags.

All by himself.

Then the Mac (Justin Long) comes in and asks "What are you doing PC?"

PC replies "STFU! These are MY toys for MY party and they ROCK and you aren't invited!
He then cries quietly in the corner.

LUG "InstallFest" Rip-Off? (1)

Xeleema (453073) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698259)

I know Microsoft has been trying to turn a corner in the past year or so with the Open Source crowd; 'Promising' not to bludgeon people with their patent war-chest, 'opening' some of their sourcecode, 'playing nice' with the EU, not 'maiming' people that pirate their flagship product. But seriously, this is going too far. This latest tactic really sounds like the "Installfests" I throw with my local Linux Users Group. We get a bunch of food/music/etc together, some guy brings the "Distro of the Month" and we invite about 100+ people to bring their computers in so we can set them up for dual-boots or a total "Window-Cleaning".. And as funny as it sounds, I don't think MSFT would take kindly to us burning a hundred copies of the "Windows 7 Ultimate Signature U2 Laser-Etched Edition Now with 33% More Suck!" media they so graciously provided. But what the hell, I'm game. We're meeting at the Renaissance Festival, guys! Let's see the Microsoft Lawyer-Dogs try to fight a bunch of broadsword-wielding geeks tampering with WGA!!!

The launch party pack, anti-piracy pack... (1)

orsty3001 (1377575) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698267)

They look the same, you even get an "athletic" t-shirt with something about windows genuine advantage printed on it.

They could at least have a LAN party (5, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698297)

If they'd given out, say, 10 copies of Windows 7, 10 copies of a game that uses Windows 7 in some useful way, and a 10-port LAN hub, at least you could have a LAN party.

Re:They could at least have a LAN party (1)

Kesch (943326) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698803)

You mean you don't set up file transfers and race to see who finishes first. (Mine only has -243.7 years to go! Bill's transfer is the favorite at the minute though since it's units are expressed in minutes.)

Re:They could at least have a LAN party (1)

darkmeridian (119044) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698809)

They should have been a bit more generous with the copies of Windows 7. Two copies would have allowed you to raffle one off or play games for it.

There are some good possibilities here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698307)

Come on now, this is something that could be quite fun. Combine Windows 7 party pack, Microsoft, and the month of Halloween together and there is some real potential. For example, use the Windows 7 party pack for decoration, and throw a good Halloween party. People could come dressed up as the BSOD, Clippy, or your favorite Microsoft spy software. Could have awards for the best Bill Gates imitator or maybe just a marketing dweeb contest. Could do things like turn the lights out, shine a flashlight on your face, and read a Halloween memo.

News At 11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698333)

Microsoft is dead [paulgraham.com] .

It would be nice this topic thread could be permanently ended.

Yours In Lesosobirsk,
Kilgore T.

Man, this is really really dumb (4, Funny)

tacokill (531275) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698351)

Honestly, following this marketing effort from MSFT is a bit like watching Nascar. I couldn't care less about the drivers or the cars but damn....there are some fine wipeouts to see.

It boggles the mind how something like this got out of the door. Seriously. Many of us here on /. work in corp environments and as much as we detest marketing-droids, at the end of the day, we realize their usefulness on some level.

I don't see that anywhere in this effort. It is so laughably bad, that I almost can't believe it's real. Puzzles? Cards? A party for an operating system? WTF is going on here? Is this serious? Or am I being punk'd? Where's Ashton?

Worst Launch Ever (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698381)

The worst product launch I ever went to was the OS/2 Warp 4.0 launch. I was working for a guy who was an "official" IBM reseller, and we got invited to a big launch event at IBM's offices in Vancouver. They had a video feed to wherever the hell the official launch was happening.

Anyways, the food sucked (crappy little deli sandwiches, bad coffee and weird fruit cake squares), and instead of handing us copies of Warp 4 (which you would think they would have done, considering they wanted us to go out and sell it), they handed us a CD that contained a fucking advertising video.

The moral of the story is "Don't waste your time and money on launch parties".

No beer? (1)

jvschwarz (92288) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698413)

I mean really, what's a party without beer?

Re:No beer? (1)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698711)

A marketing stunt.

I got mine (1)

zerorez02301 (1653405) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698425)

My first copy of 7 ultimate came from attending a launch party, look for those in your area, I got a snack pack and got to enjoy hanging out with about a thousand other geeks. I would look for "the new efficiency" as part of this. I of course called this "training" The second copy I got was from this launch party. I plan to have over my geeky buddies to drink heavily and use my new windows 7 (installed and ready to go) laptop to surf via my hdtv and play online poker and try to get banned from them all. The box had streamers, playing cards, some balloons, about 6 tote bags, a poster, some napkins with windows 7 on them, the signature edition ultimate, a whole bunch of worthless promo crap which I for one will be using for coasters. My third copy of 7 (home premium only) I will be downloading for $30 since I am a student as well and will be installing it on my wife's old vista machine which causes her fits.

I'm not sure what they got... (5, Funny)

whitefox (16740) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698437)

I received my package yesterday and it had everything mentioned in the article plus balloons, streamers, and a few more goodies. Sounds like their package wasn't complete.

The way we're going to do it is I'll install a temp copy of 7 on my laptop, show a few things I know, and then let my guests play with it. We're also hosting a BBQ, playing some GH [guitarhero.com] , RB [rockband.com] , Wii Sports [wii.com] , and just plain chilling out.

I'm still undecided on whether to raffle off the single goodies (e.g. playing cards) or do some kind of trivia game: what kind of car was BG [wikipedia.org] driving when he got hauled for the infamous mugshot?

After everyone's gone home I'll simply put my production hard drive back in the laptop and start using with my copy of Windows 7 Ultimate [microsoft.com] . :)

All in all, it should be a good time just getting together and hanging out.

Re:I'm not sure what they got... (2, Insightful)

Aphoxema (1088507) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698631)

5 digits... This is such a sad day for me.

Go Party! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698439)

I thank God every day there are people crazy enough to fall for a companies latest marketing scheme. You can think ironic, you can think drinking game you can think whatever you want. Just keep buying the crap with the logo. I need my stocks to rebound!

Regards,
-An American Day Trader

I'm impressed. (1)

sserendipity (696118) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698467)

They didn't fill it with mounds of brochures, trialware or aol cds. It's a big step in the right direction. And, as far as I can tell, no EULA on the party favour pack. Kudos where due, guys.

i hear the linux party pack is out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698527)

elton john albums, tubes of lube and aids testing kits. who woulda thunk it?

What was expected? (2, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698539)

It seems like everyone had expectations that the party pack would be free copies of Windows 7, free food, free decorations, free ...

Are you seeing a pattern? I guess people thought that the Launch Party was a time where Microsoft could give away lots of free stuff. I'm not sure that's the point.

I still think it failed and was pretty bad marketing, but I don't think the point of the party pack was to give away free copies of their software that they want people to buy. And I wasn't expecting them to give you brownies.

Oh well. The summary writer had a pretty obvious slant/bias. Pin-the-chair-on-Ballmer game? Right...

I got one of these and... (2, Funny)

rjshirts (567179) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698587)

The best thing in the pack (other than the free Windows) I received was a package of 10 reusable grocery bags. My wife was honestly more excited about getting those than she was about the Win7 Ultimate.

Loatu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29698669)

I got my party pack and it did in fact include streamers and balloons, so let's not jump on them for a made up reason.

If you hate Microsoft, you're going to continue hating it no matter what was in the Party Pack. But give your argument based on a real piece of meaningful evidence.

Now, I'll be honest, the only reason I signed up to throw the party was to get a free copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Who can complain about that?

What? (3, Funny)

Eminor (455350) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698687)

Wait? No Condoms?

Party Service Pack (4, Funny)

similar_name (1164087) | more than 4 years ago | (#29698779)

Perhaps balloons and streamers will come in the first Party Service Pack.
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