Okay, maybe I’m just an imbecile, but what’s the problem with Microsoft giving away laptops to some bloggers for them to review the new Windows Vista? If you haven’t heard, there’s lots of coverage about it today and the blogosphere seems to be up in arms.
- Microsoft Under Fire Over Laptop Giveaways to Bloggers
- Now Microsoft Wants Its Laptop Back
- The Microsoft “Scandal”
- Umm… Remember that Free Laptop That We Gave You? Yeah, Well, Umm… Do You Think We Could Have it Back?
Are we upset that they’re giving them away and everybody didn’t get one? Are we upset that they want them back? Or are we upset that they just didn’t clarify to everyone the specifics about the free laptop?
I’ll tell you what, if the people at Microsoft want to send me a loaded Ferrari 1000 and let me try out Vista and blog about then by all means, send it to me. I’d love to review the operating system, but I’m just a small time blogger that doesn’t have the resources or money to get the preview copy of Vista installed a machine that I could stand to lose if the preview crashed. I’ve come close to installing it on my main desktop at home, but if I lost that computer, I’d have a ton of clients upset that I’m delayed more than I already am at getting some of their work done.
And, if you want me to play with it, blog about it and give it away or send it back. Fine with me. Someone else will get the benefit of having a sweet system they’d probably never be able to afford on their own. If I hate the operating system, then they’ll get an honest review and I’ll have no problem giving the machine back to them. If I love it, then everyone will hear about and you can bet I’d be saving up the money to either buy the full OS and install it when it’s final, or buy a whole new machine so I could get the same experience I just had with the Ferrari laptop.
So, please, someone tell me what the problem is with all of this.
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