Oh Really? Vista?

Microsoft did a “blind taste test” with a group that thought they were looking at the NEXT version of Windows – code-name Mojave.

Some of the clips showing the reaction of people that had preconceptions about Vista are pretty classic.

First, the “Oh Really?” group: http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/#/?video=v12

Then the main site: http://www.mojaveexperiment.com/

I like Vista myself, even though I am now on a Mac every day – I run Vista on it in VMware Fusion.

Nicely done, Microsoft (could have been done in Silverlight instead of Flash – perhaps after the Olympics drive more Silverlight adoption, ok?)


  1. @Paul – I guess I am more of the “glass half full” type – I imagine MS expected a lot of scrutiny and went overboard on the conservative side when doing this. You assume otherwise, I guess.

    In any case, it is a slick site, and it has a great message – and even though I am now on a Mac, I still run Vista – even on my Mac. And I *like* Vista and agree with the sentiment of the film – people seem to dislike Vista without ever having seen/used it.


  2. Paul V says:

    Hey Rob,

    I read an interesting response to the Mojave experiment. I can’t find the link now, but the gist was ‘of course it was favorable to Vista. It was a controlled experiment with personal guides. This could happen with any product at any time.’ I sorta agreed. The problem I think that people are having with Vista is not that it isn’t pretty or has nifty features, but it breaks when people try to use certain software of try to install some hardware. That’s when people get agitated and downgrade. Though, I hope the next OS does push the boundary of technology outwards as Win95 did.