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Scientists believe this to be the only known photograph of a successful Windows 7 launch party.
You may remember that prior to its release, Microsoft

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Microsoft's Windows 7 Launch Parties Prove Predictably Pathetic

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Scientists believe this to be the only known photograph of a successful Windows 7 launch party.
You may remember that prior to its release, Microsoft tried to hype their new operating system Windows 7 with a series of exclusive "launch parties."The promotions folks in Redmond have been known for some screwy logic. But this one was truly baffling.

Sure it's easy to get friends to come over to watch the Super Bowl or Oscars. They only happen once a year. And they're actually, ya know, fun to watch.

But a new OS that's available from now until the day the next one comes out? It seemed like the kind of idea that would only attract the truly tech-obsessed. And it's easy to think even the biggest fanboys would have a hard time justifying spending $14 on a veggie platter.

Well prepare to be shocked. Because PC World's Tony Bradley is exactly the kind of guy Microsoft had in mind when they launched the launch party idea. And he says it was a complete and utter failure.

Bradley says that one colleague got so little response to his invites that he had to cancel. The BizWorld writer also highlighted the plight of one unfortunate reader who tried to host a party but was eventually worn down by Microsoft's voluminous legalese.

"With even GUESTS having to agree to everything short of giving up their BIRTHRIGHTS to Microsoft and its subsidiaries, heirs, etc.," he wrote, "how is ANYBODY supposed to actually get people to do the 'official RSVP?!?'"

Of course, by most accounts Windows 7 is a success. The 'Soft can still turn out a damn fine product. They just can't throw a party for shit.

 
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