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notchinese    311

I was the one who said "I bet you are wrong". And I didn't think it needed justification. The person I was responding to was predicting that the majority of the people who pre-order the Surface are going to return it.....

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jakem1    1,610

I was the one who said "I bet you are wrong". And I didn't think it needed justification. The person I was responding to was predicting that the majority of the people who pre-order the Surface are going to return it.....

This post was brought to you buy Microsoft's marketing department and the letter D :rofl:

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dr_crabman    68

Why aren't people just allowed to not like windows 8?

You ask this in a thread where people not hating on W8 are accused of being payed shills? After, as HawkMan correctly noted, over a year of constant bashing by old but also very new members. Threads and comments like these really aren't helping the 'why you like W8???'-crowd and I hope the 'backlash' as you call it will become even more severe as more people are getting used to the new OS.

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Phouchg    2,050

I LOVE THIS COMPANEE!

What?

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dwLostCat    977

I still post in the comments and mostly avoid the forums wrt Win8 because of this sort of thing. The pro win8 peeps and the haters go hostile a bit too often.

I get enough of that with politics, thanks.

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Active.    1,285

I think it's just people making fun of 'fanboys'...

This is the best OS and no one who uses it will ever want to go back to any other OS

"Member Since Today"

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Obi-Wan Kenobi    1,083

Brought to you by the letter "M", and the symbol "$"...put them together and what do you get? A 3 year old's post. But seriously. WHO THE HELL CARES? Use whatever makes you feel like a sir. Just don't cram it down peoples' throat. Just sayin'. I COULD use a toothpick to dig a tunnel...but I much more prefer using an excavator. I don't care if it was a catarpillar, a case.....they all accomplish the same thing, so at the end of the day, you get a cookie no matter what you decide works best for you. So eat your cookie, and stop trying to start non-existant flame wars, k? K. Enough.

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Growled    3,880

^ I quite agree with you. Just use what you want and let everyone else use what they want.

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Steven P.    8,559

Interesting if true, but I can assure you Neowin has nothing to do with it. In the past (long, long time ago) we were hit by a Microsoft vs Mozilla voting frenzy when we asked on the main page IE or Firefox, that's when we disabled guest voting, we were able to see that many of the votes on one side came from the same IP block lol :p

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simplezz    864

I can tell you right now from personal experience that MS does not go around going that kind of crap.

Of course Microsoft doesn't do it, that's what marketing firms are for ;)

Exhibit A. Then the company who hires them can use the disclaimer that they had nothing to do with it if they ever get found out.

Exhibit B.

Rebuttals are open and vocal, not hidden by fake accounts and shills. If someone at MS wants to state you are full of crap they will do so openly.

Oh they do that too ;) Microsoft isn't the only company to employ marketing firms though, so who knows how many are doing it. It seems to be quite widespread though. Again, using marketing companies as proxies and complete denyability.

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vcfan    2,337

wow, some of you other OS supporters are starting to sound real defeated even before windows 8 is out. viral marketing firm flooding neowin with positive comments to ensure windows 8 is a success? hahaha that must be the funniest one yet. the chris pirillos dad video wasnt enough? the windows guys are having a laugh at your expense.

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Shane Nokes    739

Of course Microsoft doesn't do it, that's what marketing firms are for ;)

Exhibit A. Then the company who hires them can use the disclaimer that they had nothing to do with it if they ever get found out.

Exhibit B.

Oh they do that too ;) Microsoft isn't the only company to employ marketing firms though, so who knows how many are doing it. It seems to be quite widespread though. Again, using marketing companies as proxies and complete denyability.

1. The first 'exhibit' you've posted shows an e-mail asking someone to right an op-ed based on information available to the public that is based on facts. There's nothing wrong or unethical there at all.

2. The second thing you posted talked about IP addresses and such, but with no proof provided. They make a claim that someone out of India was a most prolific and happened to have 2 IP addresses, but doesn't say who the IP addresses belonged to. Heck I've had cause to swap my IP address for testing reasons and such...or posted from 2 different locations...like my phone & my PC which of course have different IP addresses. That proves nothing.

My point is that general people from MS aren't very shy about just talking to people. They also don't have much of an issue calling things out that are false.

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123456789A    4,708

Microsoft is paying me thousands to like Windows 8.

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+The Evil Overlord    17,105

Hell, if they want to throw some money my way I'll say it too

(for the right price, I have morals, you know)

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Pam14160    303

Wonder where everyone is getting those tin foil hats; I sure could use a couple. . . :rolleyes:

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GreenMartian    90

Astroturfing/sockpuppeting is a HUGE business in this day and age. From sweatshops in [insert country with more population than money] (a'la MMORPG gold farmers) to moms and pops responding to those "want to be your own boss and work from home!?!" ads.

Everyone, even governments, are using them.

Is MS doing it (or, more likely, contracted some other company)? Who knows. All I'm saying is it's hard to believe ANY reviews of ANYTHING on the internet. You can never tell...

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theignorant1    3

I've heard a lot of stories that Microsoft PR works this way sometimes. Not sure if I believe it, just what I've heard. But I think it's logical to see a lot of Windows 8 related traffic right now, the news is obviously going to be full of it. Just wait a few more hours and we'll return to our regularly scheduled Apple bashing.

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Colin McGregor    569

so if ppl like windows 8 or surface itz becoz they ar paid to do so

wow :D

how about reading the post and understanding it. It helps make your comments seem less informed.

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f0rk_b0mb    698

It's the Illuminati man!!!! It's all part of their grand plan to brain wash us all!!! :p

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jamieakers    192

I don't get this tin foil hat conspiracy. If you buy into Windows 8 based purely on online reviews without so much as trying it yourself in-store then quite frankly you deserve whatever you get. What happened to good ol' fashioned "Take it for a test drive" ?

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Syanide    588

"Is Neowin under attack from a Viral Marketing firm?"

YES. His name is Rappy and he works in Media Room.

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theyarecomingforyou    9,089

Actually, I'm more concerned about the flood of Surface and Lumia articles on the front-page - it's getting ridiculous. They get way more coverage than better selling devices like the iPad and Galaxy S3. There is a clear pro-Microsoft agenda being pushed by Neowin and it's been like this for a while now. I appreciate that the website has always had a strong focus on Microsoft but I've been visiting Neowin regularly for over ten years and there has been a very noticeable shift in agenda. Neowin is little more than a Microsoft marketing site now.

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Draconian Guppy    12,340

"Is Neowin under attack from a Viral Marketing firm?"

YES. His name is Rappy and he works in Media Room.

QFT

Best response EVA!

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Corvini    6

Actually, I'm more concerned about the flood of Surface and Lumia articles on the front-page - it's getting ridiculous. They get way more coverage than better selling devices like the iPad and Galaxy S3. There is a clear pro-Microsoft agenda being pushed by Neowin and it's been like this for a while now. I appreciate that the website has always had a strong focus on Microsoft but I've been visiting Neowin regularly for over ten years and there has been a very noticeable shift in agenda. Neowin is little more than a Microsoft marketing site now.

This ^

The front page is just chock full of a sea of Microsoft articles. If you're a newcomer, you'd be mistaken for thinking the whole site is only about Microsoft. I understand Windows 8's release date is fast approaching, but my god, if this is what the front page looks like pre-release, imagine what it'll be like when the OS is finally released.

At least in the forums, it's a mixture of discussion.

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skilithead    50

Neo=new , win=windows:ergo Windows 8 for the win ! :punk:

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