Friday, September 25, 2009

Oh, Microsoft.



Is this even real? It hurts me so much to watch this.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

The guy with the red T-shirt: Just like the PC character in those Mac commercials.

Brandi said...

Really? I smell Microsoft's desperateness.

Anonymous said...

Oh, it's real. My husband is hosting a launch party. The video is absolutely terrible. He said it's the most awful of the set. Basically, they're having roughly 3,000 people host parties and they're sending the hosts the new software and other garbage that no one will keep around more than a day or two. I'm going to turn it into an excuse to have a fun get together and will NOT be using any of the tips in the video, thankyouverymuchMicrosoft.

jen said...

yes, this is for real. my friend works for microsoft and she is hosting one of these parties. i think it's a little desperate on microsoft's part. "hey! windows 7! it works, it's cool! it's better than whatever Apple is doing! we swear!"
this same friend refuses to use iTunes or buy an iPod. I think she uses Zune or whatever Microsofts version is...

susie q said...

That's just plain pitiful. I almost feel sorry for Microsoft. But, not quite.

Anonymous said...

During the long moments of fake laughter, I felt small hemorrhages form in my brain.

pammy said...

I think this is not really a Microsoft video!! I think it's packaged in Microsoft clothing but is really something else.
"I did 3 activities"...
Is "activities" really just code for sex stuff? LOL!
Really--this video is lame.
(And where's the "Asian" person? Isn't that what all advertisers aim for nowadays? Covering all the demographics? We've got all the other components here--young mother, older person, black person, gay person... Oh, unless the older person is also the gay person; I didn't keep watching to find out.)

Mom Jeans said...

the woman in the purple shirt reminds me of tamera barney. i wondering if she'll be hosting a launch party?

Alicia M said...

Ugh. Like pulling teeth! Couldn't even watch the whole thing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Decorno-

You seem to have above average, smart & talented readers. So I'm just curious about how many of them are Mac users and how many are PC. For the record...

Mac!

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Jesus!

If this monstrosity is real every marketing exec. in America is shaking their heads over this one. Microsoft needs to stop acting like it's #2 in sales when it is #1 by a mile. Yes MACs are cool, if overpriced and ridiculously fragile are your thing.

And NO I'm not one of those people who refuses anything MAC. I have an IPOD, which is four years old and was referred to by the clerk at the Apple store as "vintage". Talk about built in obsolescence.

Renate said...

PC!

Tho Mac boyfriend keeps threatening to buy me a Mac mini.


PS: those launchparties... just sad.

PS2: who says a pc has to run on windows? What about Ubuntu?!

di fabulous said...

ugh, horrendous! i don't even think those cheesy candle or tupperware parties have an instructional video!?

Anonymous said...

This is clearly an SNL sketch.

Anonymous said...

I had to ask my husband, and unfortunatly it is from Microsoft. He hates the marketing group....

Anonymous said...

Real and my husband brought home a flyer about hosting a party from the recent company meeting. Ugh. They should have hired the folks that create the BING commercials. Now those are clever.

I'm a PC.

Anonymous said...

My husband and his friends are really excited about the launch party. They're definitely technophiles, though. Oh, and Microsoft ISN'T the only ones using this outlet for marketing. I actually like the idea behind it.

Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, Sargento, among others, is using the same strategy. Details can be found at a party planning site to apply to be a host/hostess.

Decorno said...

That just depresses me. It really does.

R said...

THIS is why I don't watch commercials.

Anonymous said...

i will call this chinese-fortune-cookie-marketing -- you know, where if you pretend they are talking about sex "activities," an adolescent level of humor is achieved, while on their own the phrases are just banal and weird.

and yeah, there are tons of other companies doing this, but i wasn't aware of such witty videos to go along with them. i got my senseo for free for promising to have friends over a lot and do lots of demonstrations of how much fun it is to use...whereas, i usually use the thing when i am too uncnscious from fatigure or hangover to work the real coffeemaker. i wonder why they don't make a video showing really gross people getting a modicum of comfort from AT LEAST being able to get a cup of coffee when they can't even stand to see the light....

Amy said...

This looks like a how-to video made for a scrap-booking (tupperware, jewelry, etc) hostess.

We have a MAC that runs just as good as it did 4 years ago, and I have an Ipod in perfect condition, also from about 4 years ago. Both are in nearly brand new condition despite being used every day. I would not describe them as "fragile" as another commenter did.

On the other hand, everyone I know with a PC usually has to replace it every 2 years, it gets very slow, the monitors get funny (my parents have to replace theirs twice already in the past couple of years!) The systems are loaded down with viruses, weird icons on the desktop, the "Vista" travesty, etc, etc. I would never buy a PC nor recommend it for anyone else, especially now after watching this video!

Anonymous said...

I watched approx. 12 seconds of this and was then embarrassed for them, for me, and for microsoft. It made me want to crawl under a rock and die.

Even my cat feels bad about this.

I'm a mac.

Decorno said...

We are Mac freaks at home, and I use a PC at work. I wouldn't use a Mac at work. I have heard horror stories about using Access on a Mac, and Excel on my Mac is a horror.

On the other hand, my PC at work is near death and I regularly want to (literally) throw it at the window.

I had a Mac problem when I was (admittedly) out of warranty, walked into the Mac store ready for a fight, and they fixed me for free, and were delightful about it. Gotta love that. My Mac also doesn't take a lightyear to book up. Love that.

(See: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/employees_sue_over_boottime_paycuts)

Anonymous said...

"Yes MACs are cool, if overpriced and ridiculously fragile are your thing."

I've been using Macs for at least 10 years and work them pretty hard, and I've have never found them to be "ridiculously fragile."

terre said...

if this ain't real, i missed the wink. could have just come over to my house, cold conked me with a tire iron and made off with my money. this is...beyond weird. from the way they were dressed in the logos colors to the forced language, this thing reeks. hopefully someone's on the street. yikes.

slag said...

I'm old-school and think that no party should include a bunch of "hands-on activities".

Anonymous said...

I would be ashamed to associate my business with anything like this!

So sad.

Anonymous said...

I've used a mac for years as a beginner and I never had to 'try it out beforehand'. My son advised me that a truck could run over my laptop and it would still work. And I have dropped it more times than I care to remember. Truth be told microsoft puts together software that other people have already, and depends on other companies to build the computers.

Anonymous said...

So not cool.

Anonymous said...

Really Microsoft? Apple doesn't have to throw parties. Compared to the hell of usin windows, using a mac is a party in and of itself. Plus mac is better in bed - no viruses.

suzanne said...

This video was probably cut on a mac! My husband is a commercial editor and I am a graphic designer, we both use macs at home and at work as do most creative professionals. Countess of Nassau County I'll have to disagree about macs being ridiculously fragile but you are definitely onto something when you say that Microsoft needs to stop acting like they are #2 (hee hee).

Anonymous said...

The Countess-

McDonald's is #1 in sales "by a mile" also.

That just means they're cheap, fast & easy to find on every corner.

It doesn't make them delicious or nutritious.

Just sayin...

The Countess of Nassau County said...

Anonymous

-is there a point or are you just another MAC freak who goes nuts anytime someone DARES to point out that MAC is an imperfect computer and not a perfect deity?

Lighten up!

Pass said...

This reminds me of the Obama house parties they were trying to get everyone to start hosting last year. Yuck.

At least in this case you can make a drinking game out of it and take a swig every time your computer crashes with the new Windows.

Anonymous said...

Countess,

I'm a diferent anon. But here's a point: In a competition between two technologies competing to solve the same problem, the best one doesn't always win in the marketplace. This is a weird but well-documented phenomenon.

Beta was actually better than VHS.

The Salk polio vaccine was better than the Sabin.

Macs are far more stable and far more virus-resistant than PCs.

(And I'm not a computer guy, btw.)

Lana said...

Countess-

hmmm...how to respond???

Actually, yes, I am a mac freak. I did not however claim they were the almight deity or flawless. But since you mentioned it, I guess I would have to say, that's a pretty accurate statement! ;)

and yes, I guess I was trying to make a point, and since it wasn't clear to you, I will try another route. Wal-mart is the #1 retailor in the WORLD, they move alot of product. Have I bought from them? Yes I have. But I go in knowing that what I'm getting is sub par at best, because I myself have been exposed to lots of different things at different price points & quality. With somethings it doesn't matter and other things it does. When I was very young and newly married they had a baker's rack that at the time I was completely smitten with. I thought it was the most beautiful piece of furniture I had ever laid eyes on, it even had fake metal brapes and ivy, that's how exquisit it was. I couldn't stop talking or thinking about it. My husband put it on layaway (it was an enormous price @ $100.-) and gave it to me for Christmas. It made my life and I was in love with it until,(fast forward a few years) I started getting out more, traveling, looking at magazines, looking at higher end stores, and I saw that that thing was the biggest piece of cheesy crap!

the majority of people, students, schools etc., are only familiar with pc's (Microsoft) and i'm NOT saying it's a bad thing and it definately has a place and serves a purpose, but I think if given the exposure and opportunity morepeople would be choosing mac because, IMHO, it is a superior product and I think Microsoft knows that and that is why they acting like they are #2.

Again, for the record, everything is not all butterflies & rainbows in my little mac world. Yes, they are expensive, and everytime I have to go get anything for it I get completely annoyed with the price (80 bucks for a powercord???) quicken for mac is a joke. But I wil put up with that because I know when I go to use it, it will work, and I have NEVER had to look in a book to try and figure out how to use it. I am extremely ADD, and trying to follow instructions is not my greatest strength.

This probably didn't make a lick of sense, but it is what it is.

Lana said...

I think I said "quicken" meant "quick books".

It's Sunday morning and I'm in the middle of a "Dexter" marathon. BTW, how did I not know about this show sooner??? Love it, SO good.

Richard said...

Why did you make me watch that? I hate you!