Survey: Microsoft is now cooler than it was just a few years ago

Shawn Knight

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Microsoft’s efforts to revamp their image appear to be paying dividends. A recent poll from Reuters / Ipsos shows that nearly half of all participants think Redmond is cooler now that it was just a couple of years ago. In...

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For sake of argument, let's say Microsoft is "cooler" than it was. The real question should be, Is Microsoft any better, have they improved their software and services and how do they compare with other options?
 

9Nails

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I think they have improved their software. I less feel like I need to wait for the service packs to fix the expected problems when I buy their products. And I feel that the security will be pretty solid as well. That said, I just don't feel like their new products speak to me as a consumer. I guess I'm not their target market, or I'm getting old. Probably both.
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

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I think they have improved their software. I less feel like I need to wait for the service packs to fix the expected problems when I buy their products. And I feel that the security will be pretty solid as well. That said, I just don't feel like their new products speak to me as a consumer. I guess I'm not their target market, or I'm getting old. Probably both.
You put it so succinctly.
 

SNGX1275

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Windows 7 came out in July 2009. So.. 5 years ago they were dealing with all the negative backlash of Vista. 7 is pretty solid and 8 works on phones, tablets, and computers. I can totally see how Microsoft is viewed as cooler now than 5 years ago.
 
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If by "cooler" you mean "gayer", yes, I agree. Windows is becoming an Apple clone. And do we really need another Apple clone? I think not.
 

Rippleman

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I view ideas as cool, not products or companies. That being said, some companies have more "cool" ideas then others.
 

Railman

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It just goes to prove that folks have been taken in by those expensive ads which look impressive but tell you nothing about the product. As a daily user of MS programs I don't consider them cool. In fact I was talking to an engineer who has given up on W8 and gone back to W7.
 

cliffordcooley

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This is what I thought of Microsoft before Windows 8. They have lost this cool factor in my eyes.

Let me elaborate, I downloaded Visual Basic Express 2012. I noticed how ugly the frame was because it had been designed with the Windows 8 look. I un-installed Visual Basic Express 2012 and then downloaded Visual Basic Express 2010 which look great on my Windows 7 machine.
 
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The article uses the terms "cool", "hot" and "hip" as synonims... this can't be right...