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Microsoft Tries a "Switch" Campaign

pudge posted more than 11 years ago | from the huh-huh-she-said-switching dept.

Microsoft 1224

Twirlip of the Mists writes "There's a new page on Microsoft's web site that tells the first-person story of an unnamed 'freelance writer' who made the switch from the Mac to Windows XP. The author of the page -- who never identifies herself, and who could very easily be fictional or a composite sketch -- says 'Windows XP gives me more choices and flexibility.' How, you ask? Why, through Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and modern operating-system features like separate accounts for each user and easy access to the Internet, of course. Maybe somebody should email Microsoft and let them know that the Mac has had all of these things for years now ... nah. It'd just embarrass them. Anyway, it's an entertaining read that's good for a laugh." Update: 10/14 21:12 GMT by P : Apparently, Microsoft has taken the page down, but Google has it.

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1224 comments

yeah right (5, Funny)

sujan (464326) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447250)

If you can't beat'em, copy'em.

Re:yeah right (2)

Neon Spiral Injector (21234) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447267)

No, it's if you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. If they won't sell, copy 'em.

Re:yeah right (5, Funny)

Jucius Maximus (229128) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447344)

"If you can't beat'em, copy'em."

So true... [all-windows.com]

Re:yeah right (5, Funny)

WildBeast (189336) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447417)

True, that's the reason why Apple switched to FreeBSD code.

And then like (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447252)

And then like.. my computer was like... uhh... beep beep... BSOD... and like halfa my paper was gone....

Re:And then like (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447347)

she is hot.

Re:And then like (4, Funny)

TehF0X (616757) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447362)

She's also astute enough to include step by step instructions on setting up an internet connection, cuz that's what I like to tell people about when I praise their OS..

third post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447258)

munch on my eyebrows and lick my fist, because i'm made of CHEESE!

---

YourMissionForToday

to paraphrase (5, Funny)

Matey-O (518004) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447259)

Yes®, it's® true®. I® like® the® Microsoft® Windows® XP® operating® system® enough® to® change® my® whole® computing® world® around®.

{Stuff deleted}
© 2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Re:to paraphrase (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447293)

Tell me now... and be honest. How is this funny? Honestly. Who laughed after reading this?

Re:to paraphrase (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447334)

Agreed, it's definitely a caricature.

Wait one damned minute! (4, Funny)

RatBastard (949) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447261)

Hey! She's not funny looking! Can't those twits at MicroSoft do anything right?

I'm sticking with MS (5, Funny)

scott1853 (194884) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447262)

Their users are much better looking that the Apple ones.

Re:I'm sticking with MS (2)

Neon Spiral Injector (21234) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447306)

I don't know I think she is what someone would look like if a committee got together and voted how a person should look. The Apple users seem to have a little charater to them.

The Apple characters are a dork convention (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447384)

Except for the Spanish chick. She's not bad.

Re:I'm sticking with MS (2)

peterdaly (123554) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447381)

Their users are much better looking that the Apple ones.
------
Of course they do! MS picked the model out of a catalog. Apple uses "real" people who really made the switch.

Reminds me of a lot of stuff MS does.

-Pete

Re:I'm sticking with MS (0)

b-baggins (610215) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447383)

You mean, you actually think the lady in the picture is the author of the article? And that conclusion would be based on...what?

Welcome to Capitalism (0, Insightful)

Illuminati Member (541846) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447266)

Being a Marketing Director, I can tell you that there is nothing surprising (or news worthy) in this story.

Its simple. Competitor explains why there product is better than yours. You can either
A.) Do nothing
B.) Fight Back

Its like Ford saying their trucks are better than Chevy, and Chevy saying their trucks are better than Ford.

This strategy has existed for decades and I find it not funny nor worth getting your panties in a bunch about.

Re:Welcome to Capitalism (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447373)

It's newsworthy-- in the Slashdot sense of "news," of course-- because it's funny. Microsoft's response to the Switchers campaign is so lame and so fake that it's funny.

Nobody has their "panties in a bunch." We're just kicking back on a Monday morning and enjoying a good joke. The fact that Microsoft made the joke-- inadvertently, at that-- just makes it that much more enjoyable.

modern features? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447269)

what like the blue screen of death, virus, ms bloat ware, the great product activation, and of course not forgetting that you sign over root access to big bill gates.

Ha!

if thoose are modern features then give me DOS

Hmm (1)

Avalerion (610959) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447271)

Isn't this just a trend?

EX. The early days when Microsoft started ripping off Apple?

Just another ploy (1, Interesting)

Trinton Azaleth (559255) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447272)

Just another story designed to make you buy Microsoft's worthless junk. Who really cares? Sure, XP is one of the most bloated fully functional systems out there. It comes with all the junk you could want. Some of us would rather find the good stuff and not have it all come as part of the operating system though. In that way, XP is a Mac users dream. Everything is built in and proprietary. Wonderful right? HAHAHA

Bloatware with nothing to show. (1)

daveed (545432) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447389)

What are you talking about! MS Bloatware comes with nothing. you get notepad and that's about it. If you did get everything like most GNU/Linux distro's then wayhay. But for all the gig's of space Windows (anyversion) takes up, you get surprisingly little.

Choices and Flexibility? (4, Funny)

rocjoe71 (545053) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447273)

Choices: You can select which security flaw to patch first.

Flexibility: Your choice of anti-virus program.

Mac versions? (3, Insightful)

lpret (570480) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447274)

Aren't there Mac versions of Office and Internet Explorer? Wait, that means they're just boasting about the "wonderful" OS. Oh well...

Re:Mac versions? (2, Insightful)

CyberSnyder (8122) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447404)

I'm wondering if this is a sign that MS might be planning on dropping support for OS X?

Just a conspiracy theory....

Reload. (1)

echophase (601838) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447277)

Seems like the MS site is crawling... I just have to keep hitting reload and it'll eventually show up, right?

Re:Reload. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447302)

no that just means you have a shitty connection

Re:Reload. (3, Funny)

echophase (601838) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447392)

Hey now, i'm using IntelliSpeed(TM) technology.

Hysterical! (5, Funny)

PCM2 (4486) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447278)

This person claims to be a "freelance writer." It's a riot! Don't you get it?

Don't you figure that he/she might just be the freelance writer ... that Microsoft hired to write this advertising copy?

I love it!

Re:Hysterical! (5, Funny)

Capt Dan (70955) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447304)

I like the how the technical bit about how to set up XP is prefaced by "here's the skinny".

Microsoft at it again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447279)

Boy do those guys love to copy the best ideas from Apple.. though admittedly the 'switch' campain was total ass.

It Must Suck... (4, Funny)

naNoox (223207) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447280)

It must suck to be a "freelance writer" and to not even get a credit on your "submission" to Microsoft's site...

Nanoox

Re:As says Janie Porche (2)

90XDoubleSide (522791) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447332)

You mean if it isn't standards compliant it requires proprietary drivers? Who would have thought!

Re:As says Janie Porche (1)

MissMyNewton (521420) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447405)

You guessed it, Mac owners!

Nice troll.

But downloading drivers beats compiling kernels and kernelmods *any* day of the week! Especially Christmas. ;-)

Here is the reverse, sort of: (2, Interesting)

Neil Blender (555885) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447284)

Article [nwsource.com]

To all MS employees trolling today... (2, Funny)

CSG_SurferDude (96615) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447285)

Will all MS employees trolling here today please (virtually) stand up and identify yourselves so that we can mod your posts down to -1: Troll

Thank you for your cooperation.

Re:To all MS employees trolling today... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447367)

You must mean anyone who doesn't own a set of the Linux (tm) kneepads. Does the word hypocrisy mean anything at all around here?

You are a rube.

Re:To all MS employees trolling today... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447401)

I use Windows and I like it because it's better than anything else in its category. When linux is even in the same league, then we'll talk.

Which monopolistic corporation do we love? (2, Flamebait)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447289)

So what? It's a stupid campaign no matter who runs it.

Though the first point in the article is hard to debate:

"More Hardware Options, for Less Dough ...
My laptop came with 512 MB of RAM, a 15" screen, a DVD player, and Windows XP Home Edition preinstalled, for $450 less than a comparable iBook."

It's just fighting fire with fire. Good for them. Too many people are confused into thinking Mac's are better because, as the commercial says, they 'just work'.

In the context, the word "just" = "barely".

I should submit (4, Funny)

The Pi-Guy (529892) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447294)

my story about how Microsoft Lindows has made my life easier after switching from Windows 2000. That oughta make someone explode at M$.

XD
--j

Story: (-1; Flamebait) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447296)

'Windows XP gives me more choices and flexibility.' How, you ask? Why, through Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and modern operating-system features like separate accounts for each user and easy access to the Internet, of course. Maybe somebody should email Microsoft and let them know that the Mac has had all of these things for years now

Oh, right. I forgot that in WindowsXP was the first OS by Microsoft to have multiple logins, IE, and Office. Oh, wait, it wasn't. But MacOS had preemptive multitasking first. Oh wait, no, Windows had it before MacOS.

Um, exactly what did MacOS do first besides give us rounded corners on everything?

Re:Story: (-1; Flamebait) (2, Funny)

pmz (462998) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447374)

Don't forget that Microsoft was first in brain-washing their customers to actually enjoy being raped daily.

Re:Story: (-1; Flamebait) (4, Funny)

FooBarWidget (556006) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447408)

Seperate accounts for each user? Didn't Unix had that since the late '60s?

Linux Switch (5, Funny)

anonymous coword (615639) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447298)

Linux gives me more choices and flexibility.' How, you ask? Why, through OpenOffice, Mozilla, and modern operating-system features like separate accounts for each user and easy access to the Internet, of course.

End Note (5, Insightful)

prsabc (111655) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447299)

*Editor's Note: Now that we've successfully converted our writer to a Windows PC, we will be working on getting her to try a Pocket PC. Stay tuned for more developments!

So does this mean that they converted "the microsoft writer to M$" Wow they got their own employee to use their product after how many years, hmmm I am guessing at home she is still a MAC user....

The Mold of Microsoft (5, Interesting)

jamie (78724) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447300)

This "person" is obviously an invention of Microsoft marketing... no name. (Apple made a great move to have everyone in their "switch" ads identify themselves at the end. Microsoft didn't even try.)

The added touches of this "person" being 5-foot-3 and her husband six feet, and the "Lexus we rented once," was predicted by Philip K. Dick in his short story The Mold of Yancy [google.com] . If you've read it, go read the Microsoft ad with an eye toward the similarity. It's creepy.

For years? (1, Insightful)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447303)

MacOS hasn't even had real multitasking or (shipped with) two-button mice "for years" so I think MS has a point here.

No really, it's a feature! (4, Funny)

The Great Wakka (319389) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447305)

AppleWorks (previously called ClarisWorks) pales in comparison to Microsoft Office XP. There's no equivalent for the versatility of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint®. Toolbars and menus customize themselves to the way I work. I wouldn't know how to function without the Track Changes and Comments features of Word. I adore the Office Clipboard, which copies multiple elements from one file and pastes them into another.

Nooo! Not the hidey menu thingy! That thing drove me insane! And here it's listed as a plus? I'm sorry, what?

All the Mac hardware--including my printer, broadband cable, Zip drive, and Palm handheld--works perfectly with my Windows-based PC.

Really? You don't say? What about your internal hard drive? And your old applications?

Well, really. From a company with a huge marketing budget, I expect something that isn't (1) a cheap copy of your competitor's and (2) can't be picked into little bits in 15.32 seconds.

Re:No really, it's a feature! (2, Funny)

TotallyUseless (157895) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447411)

Im sorry, but due to slashdot rules, you cannot pick apart an argument in less than 20 seconds!

Must be composite/fake (5, Insightful)

azaroth42 (458293) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447307)

No one talks like that apart from marketdroids. I mean really:

I am a freelance writer; I demand the best in mobile computing. ...
See Which Edition is Right for You? for more information.


Who talks in Hyperlinks?

At least the Mac ads are believable.

--Azaroth

Re:Must be composite/fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447354)

The Mac ads are believeable because they all boil down to:

"I don't know computers from my anus so I like macs because they match my drapes. My name is Hemos and I have my head up my ass"

IE6 is rather good (1)

dazdaz (77833) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447308)

I would like to see Microsoft Open Source IE6 and port it to Linux and then compare "what works" with Mozilla.

Re:IE6 is rather good (1)

anonymous coword (615639) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447331)

Tabbed IE? I don't think so.

OT: Tabbed IE (2)

futuresheep (531366) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447398)

I've been usign this:

CrazyBrowser [crazybrowser.com]

Tabbed IE and a pop-up stopper. Sweet.

Re:IE6 is rather good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447418)

Yeah, but the amazing speed and heightened rendering speed of IE would beat tabs anyday.
No sarcasm, either.

Soooo Fake... (5, Funny)

vex24 (126288) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447309)

Part of her "testimony" is this classic line:

My recommendation is to go straight to Windows XP Professional; the extra features for mobile users are worth it. See Which Edition is Right for You? [microsoft.com] for more information.

Hilarious... like an actual customer would go hunt down links to recommend people buy the most expensive workstation OS they sell. God Microsoft, keep 'em coming, soon you'll be as funny as the Onion!

Crappy Job (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447310)

MS has how many billions in the bank to pay an ad firm and that's the best they can do?

Pretty pathetic.

Re:Crappy Job (2)

WildBeast (189336) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447324)

I rarely ever see an MS ad. People consider them good at marketing though.

shocking. (5, Funny)

3prong (241218) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447315)

This makes Ellen Feiss and baby jesus cry.

Odd move for Microsoft... (1)

forau (536024) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447317)

First they steal the software, now they're stealing the marketing. O well, at least they make some improvements after the theft. O wait....

errr (2, Insightful)

SeanWithoutPants (593762) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447318)

Hrmm. A freelance writer gets an article posted on Microsoft's web site and doesn't give a name. You'd think that if somebody would take the time to write such a thing the person would use the free publicity to his or her advantage.

Just like the author of the topic said, something smells fishy.

(obligatory beep beep beep)
Regards,
Sean

*Could* be fictional? (4, Funny)

sophits (590745) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447319)

Real people don't say things like:

I am a freelance writer; I demand the best in mobile computing.

That just wreaks of marketing monkey dung.

Missing the point (4, Interesting)

Mr Krinkle (112489) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447320)

I think the most interesting point isn't that someone switched, but that this is a MICROSOFT writer that was using a Macintosh for 8 years. They just got her to convert.
"*Editor's Note: Now that we've successfully converted our writer to a Windows PC, we will be working on getting her to try a Pocket PC. Stay tuned for more developments!"
I think the better story would be "Bill forces last Mac user to switch!"

Re:Missing the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447351)

i think you missed the point that its a FAKE ARTICLE made by the marketing goons at microsoft

dear microsoft (0)

Guipo (591513) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447326)

I started out as a dos 5.0 user. I then moved up to the flexability of windows 95. After that, it just seemed to me that all windows were the same. So I moved over the Linux. Oh, linux was great, No GPF's to worry about, and I mean, it was just so reliable. But Now I'm back Microsoft. Windows XP for me. I missed those blue screens, and the random rebooting. And now that your tracking where I go on the internet, and what I'm doing every second, I feel safer than ever. Thank you microsft. Another convert. Guipo

Seems Microsoft hate their own products (4, Informative)

ravemax (452708) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447327)

Just a few quotes:
"AppleWorks (...) pales in comparison to Microsoft Office XP." - isn't there Office X ?

"Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 does more for me than Netscape Navigator ever did" - I wonder what happens when I start my IE on my Mac ... (Mozilla is better anyway).

"The key to getting hardware to work with your computer is to have the correct drivers" - to be honest: i never installed drivers on my Mac - it just worked out of the box.

What's next? (2)

FooBarWidget (556006) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447337)

[sarcasm]
What's next? Microsoft broadcasting ads about Linux users switching to Windows XP?

Oh wait, people already do that without Microsoft's help!
[/sarcasm]

What! Microsoft staff members use Macs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447342)

"Editor's Note: Now that we've successfully converted our writer to a Windows PC, we will be working on getting her to try a Pocket PC. Stay tuned for more developments!"

Hmm..does this mean that she is a Microsoft employee (well, I'm sure she got a big payoff for doing the advertisement, but I mean before she completely sold herself to Bill and his empire of evil)?

Wow, the switcher ads must actually be working (0)

b-baggins (610215) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447343)

People here may not be taking Apple's Switch ads seriously, but apparently, MS is.

Embrace and Extend (1)

kasparov (105041) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447345)

Apparently, Microsoft's FUD... er Advertising Department also adheres to the "Embrace and Extend" ideal. Of course, the Apple Switch commercials are much sexier...

FUD (1)

Ashish Kulkarni (454988) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447346)

Such FUD is pure nonsense, but does Joe User know of it? He looks at XP, says it looks better than 98/ME/2000, and hey everything's easy for me. He will not look much further for other choices, as his needs are met by it.

remeber, it's not the geeks microsoft is tring to attract, but the people who are not familiar with PCs -- particularly the older generation, which will be happy to use it.

Switch to M$? (2)

Twintop (579924) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447348)

Who in their right frame of mind would willingly say that they switched TO Microsoft?!?

Dear Microsoft #@ +1, Sincere @# (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447349)


F$ck you.

question (1)

quigonn (80360) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447352)

Who will be Microsoft's Ellen Feiss? :-)
And what drug will she/he be on? Maybe the same drugs Steve "Developers!" Ballmer takes?

Switching... (1, Interesting)

br0ken2o0o (569914) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447357)

apple.com/switch
microsoft.com/switch

Hmmm.....

It's just not appealing (2)

futuresheep (531366) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447358)

It looks more like a brochure than a testimonial.

The thing that make the Apple ads so appealing is that you can see that these are real people. It's not as much of a construct. I'm much more convinced that Mac's are easy to use by watching stoned out her gourd Ellen Feiss [apple.com] tell go beep! beep! beep! beep! beep! beep! than by reading an anonymous page.

Tell me you're kidding (5, Insightful)

jfedor (27894) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447360)

I have a question to the guy who submitted this story: do you honestly believe that the people featured in Apple's Switch campaign are real? I mean, I know Tony Hawk is a real person. Ellen Feiss could be real, too. But when they speak about how cool macs are and how uncool PCs are, they do so because they got money from Apple. Their confessions are just about as real as those of the "fictional" and "composite" person from Microsoft.

The difference is that Apple paid someone to lie on TV and Microsoft put their story in the mouth of an imaginary person. Now who's more honest?

-jfedor

Re:Tell me you're kidding (5, Informative)

banky (9941) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447377)

While they certainly may be lying, every switcher with an internet presence denies recieving a single dollar from Apple (although they did get lunch).

You know what MS calls it, right? (2, Funny)

Timex (11710) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447363)

"Innovation"....
...at least that seems to be their trend-- copying what someone else has been doing, then claiming that their version is "innovative".

<shrug>Whatever, Microsoft. Whatever.

hahaha! (4, Insightful)

3-State Bit (225583) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447368)

I was up and running in less than one day, Girl Scout's honor.
Translation: It took me most of a day, i.e. many grueling hours, just to get up and running.

Sure, "more hardware is available for less dough", but you get what you pay for...

the ad campaign that they really need (0, Flamebait)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447369)

Which users are better in bed?

I'd guess PC users, but I'm biased since I see Mac users as bumbling morons from those ads that they run.
But damn they sure have some sexy looking computers.

Yeah I laughed a lot to this post (1)

i_luv_linux (569860) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447370)

I laughed a lot to this Slashdot post when I read it, the guy is right, because this is not a switch campaign at all. It is a one page article, nothing serious and you post it as if it is something like Apple's switch.

Later on I may find posts on SlashDot which put different words on Microsoft's site on different pages together and claim that Microsoft is saying whatever you want them to say. This is funny.

Lockin is fun (2)

steveha (103154) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447375)

Word Converters are helping me transfer old document files, Microsoft Works files, and even AppleWorks files.

Now nothing but Word can ever open these files again! Hooray!

For some reason, the above reminded me of an old Star Trek episode. Inside my head, I heard an echoing voice saying

You will be absorbed into the body

steveha

"fictional or a composite sketch" (5, Informative)

Blondie-Wan (559212) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447376)

"The author of the page -- who never identifies herself, and who could very easily be fictional or a composite sketch"

IIRC, Microsoft targeted such an ad campaign at Mac people a couple years ago, albeit to get them to use IE & Office for Mac, not switch altogether. The campaign featured what were purported to be testimonials from satisfied customers, but M$ tipped its hand when it launched the ads too quickly, and had "customers" discussing their experience with the latest versions of M$ wares a few days before said versions actually shipped.

In the publishing industry (1)

ebuck (585470) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447378)

In the publishing industry, Mac has a long and fruitful reign. With well refined tools like Quark Express, and top of the line graphics toolkits available for so long, the only Mac to Windows transitions I have seen came from corporate mandate to consolidate the desktop OS. Never have I seen a transition based on better tools being available for Windows.

Campaings like this have surfaced in the past, and usually they fail to crack the market. Remember, to switch over, you have to dump all of that expensive software, the nice hardware, and retrain your department just to buy new hardware and software so they can be just as productive as before. Give the extremely tight budgets of most newspapers and small-run publishers, don't expect a mass migrations, they probably can't afford it.

That said I've been out of the industry for three years, but I'd be suprised if this wasn't spotted for what it is, an attempt to make publishing in Windows look a lot better than it is.

Well (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447379)

Most of Apple's switch ads are complete lies, why can't Microsoft join in too?

not anonymous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447382)

it's julia roberts

"Better Virus Protection" too (3, Informative)

Dejohn (164452) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447387)

Microsoft has had this report potsted on their Exchange website for a while. http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/techinfo/outlook /FerrisOutlook.asp.

Some research company with "evidence" suggests that you're less vulnerable to getting hit by email viruses if you use Outlook rather than anything else. This report is shoddy, even for Microsoft. I'm amazed they would even post this!

At the end of all the switch campaigns... (1)

bsdparasite (569618) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447388)

Imagine someone actually going through these switch campaigns, and getting poorer by 3000 bucks. "Suckers!!" yell Apple and Microsoft, and end up high fiving each other..

Less Dough? (2)

Cutriss (262920) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447390)

More Hardware Options, for Less Dough

I think it'd be more accurate to say:

More Hardware Options, for More "D'oh!"

Not to replace one monopoly with another, but there is something to be said about having tight restrictions on the hardware platform...

That said...now that OS X is running on the Mach/BSD/whatever kernel, let's hope that better hardware abstraction starts coming into play, such that Mac hardware compatibility becomes less of an issue...

She's Also a Photodisc Model! (5, Interesting)

obidonn (590065) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447391)

Not only is she a freelance writer, but she also models for stock photography - check it out [gettyimages.com] . Or maybe they just threw in a stock image of a person...

Matter of Perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447393)

"Maybe somebody should email Microsoft and let them know that the Mac has had all of these things for years now ... nah"

This Kind of extra commentary is not needed. Save it for the comments section. Mac's switch campaign has more bias than any before. MS's campaign is probably true from a certain perspective just like macs past and present advertising campaigns have been. Let's not waste time debating what the respective ad campaigns claims.
Yeah Win31 and 95 and user accounts, but it's the same thing as what NT/2k/XP have. It's different. Likewise i dont know what type of "user accounts" mac has had in their pre-BSD OS's but it doest matter cause it's all a matter of perspective.

An interesting thing about the source (OT) (1)

Ari Rahikkala (608969) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447394)

Since Opera misformatted the fabulous MSHTML on that site, I decided to have a look at the source. There was a javascript snippet that apparently saved a few values from the server for use for the scripts on that page. Other values weren't that interesting, but one hit my eye: this.bot = true; I'm a bot, huh? I tried the "identify as" feature of Opera and when I identified myself as Mozilla or IE, I was nicely identified as a real user with a real browser. But use Opera 6.03, and you're a spider. How interesting design :). (on a related note, at least with default settings Opera apparently sends your real OS platform identification even if you tell it to masquerade as Explorer. I guess it makes sense to someone but me) BTW, I don't know many Mac users, but I don't think many of them care that much about how much RAM they have, or even know. Macs just work, and just working is what they're good for.

Translation (1)

wraithgar (317805) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447397)

"Editor's Note: Now that we've successfully converted our writer to a Windows PC, we will be working on getting her to try a Pocket PC. Stay tuned for more developments!"

Translation:

"The guy who we gave this assignment article to is also working on a fake conversion story for the Pocket PC eXPerience"

Confessions of a Linux to Windows Convert (2)

jukal (523582) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447400)

Yes, it's true. I do not like Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system enough to change my whole computing world around. Here's the bottom line: Windows 2000 is my only choice to survive in the corporate .doc world.

Ofcourse it was possible to "open", "edit" and "save" Word documents in Linux as well. But not with 100% similar results - and you cannot believe how much it counts :) So, that's why Windows 2000 became my word-viewer and xsession launcher. Yes, the only reason to spend money on the Windows license was the stupid propietrary document/spreadsheet formats.

Now, little birds... ermm...nerds.. told me that Openoffice is finally becoming mature enough to provide compatibility good enough to provide secure round trips for documents on and off the Microsoft Universe.

Clearly (5, Funny)

jjoyce (4103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447421)

she is a freelance fiction writer.

IE... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4447422)

Internet Explorer has detected that your default operating system is not compatible. Would you like to switch to Windows XP now?

all that Mac hardware... (1)

Shadow2097 (561710) | more than 11 years ago | (#4447423)

"All the Mac hardware--including my printer, broadband cable, Zip drive, and Palm handheld--works perfectly with my Windows-based PC."

Geez, Apple's been busy lately installing all that Mac broadband cable, buying out Iomega and Palm...sheesh, and here I thought they weren't doing well!!

-Shadow

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