Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Apr 2012 13:54 UTC
Windows If you ever needed any proof it's anything but roses ans sunshine over at Microsoft's Windows Phone division, it's this. The next version of Windows Phone, WP8, will run on the NT kernel, which marks a pretty substantial departure from the current release. This raises the question: will current handsets be upgradeable to WP8? First, Microsoft indicated no. Then they said yes (interview retracted). And now, they're saying no again.
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RE[2]: Of course!
by bornagainenguin on Wed 18th Apr 2012 20:13 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course!"
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GraphiteCube blustered...

Haters gonna hate, I don't care if the mod/ others make this as spam. I just feel that NOT only the media, also YOU people are also insulting Windows Phone users. Do everyone has to use Android/ iPhone just because everyone else use it? Are you people so free that you need to bash Windows (Phone) users to kill your time?

Whoa! ...whoa...

I didn't insult your mother or look at your girlfriend funny, all I said was Microsoft's marketing doesn't exactly inspire the fuzzies for me. And that none of their last few marketing campaigns have really resonated in a good way with me or others I know.

Why are you taking it so personally?

Also, using "you people" like that just makes me hear Rush Limbaugh's voice in my head for some reason. And that's not a good thing in this instance.

GraphiteCube blustered...
What about the bashing from Apple? Remember the PC guy and Mac guy? Remember how Apple make fun on Windows users?

It is marketing.

Yeah, bad marketing.

You know, I often laughed at the I'm a Mac and I'm a PC commercials because those were mocking the middle management types, but they were never really personal. Apple understood that they needed to make people want what they offered. Microsoft's advertising here was personal and an attack. Not surprising that you don't know the difference given your level of anger on display, but let me recap:

In the "Smoked by Windows 7" marketing Microsoft deliberately targets those who are already fans of their preferred mobile devices and seeks to humiliate them using rigged challenges.

In the Nokia commercials they tell potential customers who are using other devices that they've been tricked into paying to beta test for others. Then mocks people saying: You didn't really think those other phones were for real, did you?

In the Mojave Experiment Microsoft more or less told potential customers that they were simply too stupid to see how wonderful Vista really was.

It's personal. The only one who should be getting angry about the I'm a Mac; I'm a PC commercials is John Hodgman. Or Justin Long, for being made out to be a Hipster.

GraphiteCube blustered...
Learn to respect the choice made by the others, learn what that there are always someone else want "alternatives".

Look, I don't care if you want a Windows phone or if you want to jump out of a Window--I'm just saying that these ads aren't provoking what I think is the hoped for response. I think Microsoft is blowing it on multiple levels due to 70's era Ma Bell arrogance, because they're Microsoft and not recognizing that in the mobile market they're the underdogs. In such a situation you need to make friends not enemies.

Not that I'd expect you to understand that sentiment considering the way you responded. Or should that be "you people" at Microsoft? :-P


EDIT -added missing "not" to fix sentence

Edited 2012-04-18 20:14 UTC

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