The ‘I Hate Vista Snowball Effect’

Last week I became a part of the Snowball Effect group on Face book. The group is trying a social experiment to illustrate the snowball effect which is the long-standing phenomenon that people follow what others do.

The ‘Mojave Experiment‘ put together by a Microsoft research team illustrates this idea nicely. The “Mojave Experiment” is an attempt to find out –

What do people think of Windows Vista® when they don’t know it’s Windows Vista? We disguised Windows Vista as codename ‘Mojave,’ the ‘next Microsoft OS,’ so regular people who’ve never used Windows Vista could see what it can do – and decide for themselves. …

Results from the experiment indicate that over 90% of users rated Vista much better than they did based on preconceived notions.

For most part, Vista works very well for me- sure it has annoying parts like every Windows system has had in the past, the real question is; Are we all sheep?

2 thoughts on “The ‘I Hate Vista Snowball Effect’

  1. Yes indeed very nice. But involves a Rs 50K Upgrade for my existing laptop. Vista was nice but when i loaded win xp due to compatibility issues. I had to ask myself did i need all that eye candy and suddenly my new laptop without all the eye candy of Vista seemed to be running on steroids. Thanks to Vista i got to upgrade my laptop and i am so happy with the new laptop and XP (!!!! not Vista – its reeally annoying and slow)

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  2. I was laughing when I read the news about “mojave” experiment few days back on msn news. Microsoft, finally found an innovative way to silence some of its critics.

    I have Vista on my PC and found it quite nice. The user experience is different from XP and hence it takes some time to get accustomed to it. The only -ve thing is the “confirmation” that comes for every System action. There should be a way for Vista to learn from previous user responses.

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