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Microsoft decides that being shown up by an 11-year old will get people to buy more Windows 8

0. phoneArena 20 Dec 2012, 15:36 posted on

Okay, we understand that kids are cute, and so marketing companies love to use them in advertisements. Everyone loved the little asian girl that Microsoft employed a while back, but this new ad campaign feels like it misses the mark because this time Microsoft has decided that being shown up by an 11-year old will get people to buy more Windows 8 devices...

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posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:57 1

36. osorto40 (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


You also have a desktop. All these people that are complaining about it have never even used it. I show it to customers and explain the benefits all of them actually like it better they just need to know the benefits that it will bring from the cons.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:49

52. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I used it and it's a bit "meh." Looks pretty, is faster and more secure, works okay once you get your bearings, but I'm still better on the good old desktop and have no reason to leave it.

Also not crazy about how they've locked it down even further. Windows 8 Modern UI (whatever they call it) apps have to be approved by Microsoft. And Microsoft's software tools no longer allow regular desktop apps to be built in the free version. Not good for the aspiring developer.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:09 2

41. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


yeah you are right, my sister is 7 and she uses windows 7 really well, she even uses my windows phone.. Windows 8 will be a piece of cake for her once someone teach her or i guess she might figure out on her own.. Yeah kids of this generation really get the grip of using this tech stuff

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 15:52 5

3. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


lol .. smart .. its making fun of apple ads " Apple Genius "

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 15:55 8

4. Gawain (Posts: 420; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


The circles you see people drawing is one way to unlock the computer. It's an evolution of pattern-unlock. You choose the image, and the pattern you want to draw to unlock the computer. it doesn't have to be circles either.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:07 3

5. rsiders (Posts: 979; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


I think they missed the point there.lol Pay attention guys.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:58

37. Droiddoes (unregistered)


Yup. Thirty seconds on Google would have told the "journalist" that. Instead he chose to not look into it and act as if it's some giant mystery LOL

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:19 2

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Grown-ups and free thinking people use Android. But hey...now I know what to get my 4 year old grand kid. He'll need to get a job first before I slap a sim card in it though.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:23 9

9. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Actually, by definition "free thinking people" have a choice to use whatever OS they want to.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:47 4

12. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


thank you, if your free thinking you will use whatever you want regardless of what others think and say

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 20:12

55. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Lol...yeah...I was expecting a correction on that after I posted it - too busy to edit it. Thanks Michael.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:35 3

21. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I'm a grown-up... and a free thinker who uses windows 8 and WP8. People are going to choose whatever they feel best suits them.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:49 2

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


no, grown-ups use Windows or Mac OS. why? because one or the other is a required productivity tool. remember we're talking about W8, not WP8.

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 01:52 1

88. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


@Androidiscantspellboss: I tried Android. It was interesting for a little while, then I got bored and frustrated with it, as well as stressed/worried that anything I did to it might mess it up, or that the new app I got would suck up my battery and cause infinite reboots or bricking; in short, I didn't trust it, and it wasn't reliable. Yes, it is open source, and yes, it is almost infinitely customizable, but I used Symbian before it, and while it didn't have the app support and rock-star hardware of the Androids (though better cameras, even today), Symbian did it BETTER. A little lag here and there, sure, but out of a single core sub-GHz processor, that was expected. No apps caused the phone to freeze, restart, or relaunch the OS. It can still do more stuff than Android, with superior task and battery management. I hope Android can someday get to that level, but I'm honestly burned out for it: you many new versions, new phones and new guts, but no sweeping improvement of the brand or breed, even with JB.
That said, I also discovered that Symbian, while excellent and stunningly capable, wasn't what I was wanting from a smartphone, so I tried Windows Phone, and I haven't looked back since. Intuitive, reliable, smooth, fun, and, surprisingly, PLEASANT to use, something I hadn't realized I was missing from my phone usage before. Before the phone was a tool and a multimedia device. Now, with WP, its a useful fun asset I wouldn't want to be without. I hope that google can start introducing THAT into its OS sooner rather than later

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:27 2

10. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Anyone with Windows 8 and also plays games on Steam should consider the free app Steam Launcher. It allows you to make nice live tiles for all of your steam games, it works quite nicely and looks beautiful on the start screen :)

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 16:37 3

11. pongkie (Posts: 634; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


they should put seniors to demonstrate. It is more embarrassing is to be schooled by your grandpa about computers.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:06 2

13. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Its ok to feel ashamed. There are those that are better than you, even if he's an 11 year old. Heck my 13 year old son plays drums better than I do!

@pongkie don't underestimate your grandpa. He has more wisdom than you do. Heck I have to teach my 13 year old how to set up w8! And he loves it, including my 17 year old daughter. She's bugging me for a surface!

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:19

45. pongkie (Posts: 634; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I'm not... I'm just saying my grandpa is not that tech savvy because he likes the things better he had when he was growing up like good old books, radios, TV's. He preferred real books over an ipad. he prefer talking on a phone than on Skype.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:10 1

15. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


...and this commercial is just to show that w8 is easy to use nothing more.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:11

16. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Windows 8 on the PC is terrible. I have had nothing but problems with it. From random "Oops your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart" multiple times a day and mind you when this happens, for some reason my internet has been disabled when it starts up again. I have to uninstall my internet software and unhook my wireless adapter and then reinstall it. It happens a lot if it goes into sleep mode, for some reason it crashes.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:37 1

22. androidisbaws (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


Time for an android powered pc huh?

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 17:38 5

23. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Amusing... considering that I've had zero issues with my desktop running Win 8. Perhaps its your PC, not the OS.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 18:45 2

31. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Yes because a brand spanking new PC that was installed with Windows 8, yes it's the PC that keeps crashing, not Windows...oh wait no you're right, because a brand new OS that has several growning pains and multiple articles all over the internet about "Windows 8 crashing" must ALL be the PC's fault, not the OS.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:02 1

39. osorto40 (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Every product goes trough this when launching look at android or even the iphone no suprise here if your pc really is brand new take to where you purchased it and get a new one no problem.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:14

43. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


oh c'mon it just got released , they will fix it..

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 19:42 2

51. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


thats very easy for you to say pal. Try spending 1000 dollars on a gaming beast of a computer and having it ship with a crappy OS that has tons of problems and tell yourself "oh come on, it just got released, they will fix it!".

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 20:13

56. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Oh if its a gaming PC , feel sorry for you :(

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 20:31

65. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


not all is lost, when it actually works, it works AMAZING. I can pay Skyrim, Far Cry 3, Borderlands 2, etc on the highest settings at 60 fps and that makes happy. Windows 8 just has a lot of growing pains and needs some serious work on.

posted on 20 Dec 2012, 21:13

69. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Hope they will fix the issues through updates really soon :) Glad to hear that W8 works amazing when it actually works :D im also hoping to buy a Gaming beast, but not anytime soon.. Btw can i know the graphic card that you use?

posted on 21 Dec 2012, 03:19

91. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Well "Ooops .. " part is a feature of any Windows version. It's a built in feature that allows you to work less ... M$ cares about even fatigue from continuous use you see so every now and then wants users to take a break ... i have been seeing this Oops variants since windows 3.1 days :D

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