Microsoft can't seem to catch a break, whether from Apple's latest ads targeting switchers, or in a crazy music video celebrating Vista SP1 that was done by Redmond's channel group.
Jupiter Research Analyst Michael Gartenburg pointed to this video on YouTube called Windows Vista SP1 Celebration. It's obviously aimed at some kind of channel pitch. But it's truly pathetic and horrible — an upbeat Bruce Springstein-ish homage about the improved value of Windows Vista now that SP1 is released.
Here are the lyrics I transcribed from the "Rockin' Our Sales" video by Bruce ServicePack and the Vista Street Band from the album, Our Ecosystem Rocks! by Microsoft Quota Records:
Last year, when Vista was new You sold the Optimized Desktop value That's a pitch that never fails And you saw lots of sales!
But some enterprises said "Wait and see, we don't wanna adopt early" Well, that's over 'cause of SP1 And our ecosystem
(Chorus) If they have been waiting No more hesitating When they see the improvements in security The desktop and mobility And productivity They'll say, "Vista, gotta get me some"
[Cue sax solo here]
Talk up our Microsoft Application Virtualization See what's on employees' laptops With AIS and MDOP And there's hacker and virus detection With Network Access Protection And if they're not sold yet Diagnostic and Recovery Toolset
And if their CEO's laptop Gets ripped off by some thief There's no worried with BitLocker The data's secure and that's a big relief
[Big sax solo here]
If they have been waiting No more hesitating They'll see the value to their businesses Quota is where your focus is Gotta get those bonuses
[The camera pans to a channel customer who says, "Wow, Microsoft's sales team rocks!" and then back to a Redmond sales executive who points his finger and says: "And we're gonna keep rockin' with SP1."]
Rock our sales with Vista and SP1 Our ecosystem rocks!
I asked a little while ago if Vista marketing could get any worse. The answer? Well, click below... if you dare. My first take? OMG... OMG... OMG
Seriously. Someone had to approve this concept, sign off and pay for it. OMG OMG OMG