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The world is awaiting with tremulous expectation the forthcoming Professional Developers [sic] Conference, aka PDC2008, which Microsoft has dubbed an event "so hot, the t-shirts caught on fire!" Crikey. PDC2008 attendees will apparently walk away with a 160-gig hard drive loaded with Windows 7, and what better way to celebrate …


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  1. Jan Hargreaves


    i really don't have anything to say after watching that. indeed pass the brandy.

    oh.. except.. what the hell were you thinking RICHARD KEYS?

  2. Fluffykins Silver badge

    Is it really THAT bad?

    Is it really so goddamn awful that they need to hype it like that?

    Me, I think I'll wait till they release the Paris Hilton edition. She can load my hard drive anytime.

    No Icon, you know what she looks like

    Mine's the long coat with the the big bulge

  3. Rory Webber
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    I hope that isn't ALL Windows.....

  4. Doug Southworth
    Gates Horns

    I think I just threw up in my nose

    If this doesn't drive people to Linux, I don't know what will...

  5. Anonymous Coward


    I don't have the words anymore.

  6. Wyrmhole


    This is seriously lame.

  7. Frank
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    The dancers had very poor coordination so I suspected that it was a (well made) hoax video. However, it seems to be genuine. What this tells us about Windows-7 and its 'production values'......I have no idea.

  8. Xander
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    If you don't have speakers

    The PDC is happy to provide you with a letter that will get you fired so fast your shirt will come off!

  9. Joe K

    Oh sweet fucking jesus

    Wheres the mindbleach when you need it.

    I'm sure someone thought this was funny, or ironic, or cool or something.

    No, its just embarassing, everyone involved should be shot.

    (too strong?)

  10. Mark York

    Holy Bluescreen of Death Batman

    I can't beleive you watched that twice, I gave up after 45 seconds.

    Getting my coat & going to the pub to wipe that video from my mind.

  11. Robert Morgan
    Paris Hilton

    It hurts

    You seriously need to offer brain-cleansing facilities after exposing your readers to that kind of content! Maybe one for the advertisers to get in on?

    Paris because her videos are slightly better.

  12. Warwick Hunt
    Gates Horns


    I think I need to be sick

  13. Anonymous Coward

    dearie me

    Bill Hicks had the solution for this kind of thing...

    send in MC Hammer on your way out!!

  14. Anonymous Coward


    So... Much... Sarcasm... To... Post...

    I'll stick with telling you that I hate you for inflicting that ad on us.

    Mine's the one with the ear bandages in the pocket. Does anyone know when the bleeding will stop?

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  16. oliver Stieber

    dozy 7

    No doubt windows 7 will be much like the advert, crap.

    I'm just waiting for linux 7

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    an event "so hot, the t-shirts caught on fire!"

    If this were OpenWorld, we'd know it was just Larry Ellison's excuse for a wet tee shirt competition.

  18. Daniel Feenberg

    Just how big is it?

    Do they use a 160 GB disk because they wanted to give atendees something nice, or is that the smallest drive that will hold Windows 7?

  19. John
    Jobs Horns


    That video needs a health warning.

    *Who* is the target audience for this tripe?

    Still, thanks for the heads up on this - it provided my office with 5 minutes of hilarity...

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    You know, they need to stop this. I'm waiting for their next promo video to just be Rick Astley singing "Never Gonna Give You Up".

  21. Nemo Metis


    I am disturbed beyond words.

    mines the one hung up in the therapists office, on it's way to the pub.

  22. Neil Bauers

    ... and now barfware.

    Software, hardware, wetware, malware and now barfware.

  23. Fred Tourette
    Black Helicopters

    Good Lord

    I'm beginning to believe those who are saying that Microsoft is showing signs of desperation.

  24. robert bangsund

    My eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    I lasted 10 seconds watching it, then my garbage can was full of barf


  25. Anonymous Coward

    Good grief.

    They really do have no fucking clue at all do they?

    Might it be too bold to suggest that Microsoft hire a marketing company that actually knows what it's doing along with a proven track record?

  26. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Just need a good description

    It's white guys pretending to be black rappers.

    You know it can't be good just by saying that.

    That said, the level of credit I currently give to Windows 7 is hardly tarnished by this piece of embarrassing spew. I'm already not going to buy it nor use it, so this rather comforts me in my decision.

  27. Anonymous Coward


    ...having said that of course I am now aware that their conference attendees will get a 160Gb drive with Windows 7 on it, so I guess it worked in one respect.

    Losing even more face however is another matter entirely.

  28. Dale

    Leave the coffee, Brian

    This is why Iran wants nukes.

  29. Ron Loftin

    Now I know why ...

    it's such a good thing to have the Flashblock plugin for FireFox installed.

    A giant-sized "Thank You" for the warnings from previous posters. Thanks to you, I don't have to spend the rest of the day looking for the most effective method for a cranial enema to get that video out of my head, since I didn't actually watch it.

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Utter utter gash!

    4 minute commercial - $35,000

    160Gb hard drive with data - $100

    Your marketing team pissing away your budget on shite ads... priceless!

    Somethings money can't buy, but for everything else...

  31. Dave


    Reg; how could you?! I am sure that the video breaches some European convention on torture. Now I need more than a stiff brandy to recover from that *shudder*

  32. Justin Case

    Shurely shome mishtake...

    Was that a real ad? In whose world? I kept waiting for the "OK kids, this is all a joke" bit.

    I think I might just... then again, I can't be bothered. I have been whipped up into a frenzy of apathy.

  33. Anonymous Coward

    Ok.. so obviously a p*ss take

    Look...The video is a parody...

    It's so blatently obviously a parody (the same actors playing boyband membersand ad agency members, the really bad lighting, acting and production etc.) that anyone who is taken in by it really should get themselves checked over by a medical professional before they do themselves harm.

  34. peter tomlinson
    Paris Hilton

    where's the NSFW on this?

    Thankfully, I read the comments and DIDN'T see the mindpr0n video which, I gather from the remarks, would have fully and completely destroyed my last working brain cell.

    Paris, 'cos her videos i understand.

  35. Rob Beard

    Anti-Windows propaganda

    Just posted this video for all my friends on Facebook. They too can waste 4 minutes of their lives :-)

    That'll teach them to use Windows!

    Maybe Microsoft should give free hard drives to anyone brave enough to watch this video.


  36. Hans
    Gates Halo

    PDC Buzz is amping up on the Blogosphere

    I went off to the site for a good laugh and read this piece of crap:

    PDC Buzz is amping up on the Blogosphere

    I immediately saw that the proof reader must have seen that video, taken prozac with Cognac before going on with his work:


    Amazon announced that their could platform will soon support Windows Server and other MS technologies.


    So, apparently, the word "could" (most likely the truth) was supposed to be replaced with "will soon", their wet dream!, and they forgot to remove it ... hahahaha ... of course they rephrased a bit and that's why it ended up before the word "platform" ... damn idiots!

    Microsoft, where are you heading???

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @PDC Buzz is amping up on the Blogosphere

    "Cloud" would seem to be a better word to fit in spot.

  38. Nic Brough


    >This is why Iran wants nukes.

    This is why Iran *should have* nukes.

    "A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but tactical thermonuclear weaponry is a man's best friend". Mine's the one with the Thorium bomb in the pocket. S'right.

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Good to know that you have such smart, intelligent readers who really understand the whole concept of parody........

  40. paul clarke

    This is sooooooooo badddddddd

    where the hell can I download linux - I mean, I want it NOW god damn it!!

    who the hell needs outlook and exchange anyway?

    This video is the last straw - Balmer is Bonkers!!

  41. Anonymous Coward

    Mind-bleaching technique number 1

    '2 girls 1 cup' on infinite loop.

    Mine's the one with chocolate mousse on it.

  42. tuna
    Paris Hilton


    @ AC: "Good to know that you have such smart, intelligent readers who really understand the whole concept of parody........"

    Parody != a free pass on any lame content, especially lame content that MAY have worked 15 years ago. You know, back when dinosaurs roamed and fagboy bands were "popular".

    Missed it by ...that much.

  43. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No such thing as bad publicity

    Except in this instance, of course.

  44. Antoinette Lacroix

    The video is a joke, but . .

    what really made me laugh, is the price one has to pay for attending PCD2008. Only $2395. Sounds like a real bargain . .

  45. Alex
    Dead Vulture


    Why are they selling Windows like Marmite? i.e. You hate it but you love it... hmmm....

    The advertising agency needs to be sacked, they have no idea of the customer profiles in any MS market sector.

  46. Patrick R
    Jobs Horns

    Name of the band ?


    oops, suddenly those 3 last letters get a life of their own.

  47. David Kelly


    With Monkey Boy Ballmer prancing around the stage like a twat they can truly say it will be an all-singing, all-dancing conference.

    Lucky atendees, they get a $50 drive. And they only need to spend $2400 on a ticket for that "privilege".

  48. Steve John

    Yeah, an attempt at viral marketing, but...

    ...anyone notice the "respond to my touch" line early on and think about an allusion to iPhone type UI things going on?

  49. Robert Forsyth
    IT Angle

    Did you not learn anything?

    Windows 7 will have touch

  50. Anonymous Coward
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    Form Letters

    "The PDC is happy to provide you with a letter that will get you fired so fast your shirt will come off!" - Xander - 8th comment

    Microsoft really seems to like composing letters for its partners to pass on...

    Didn't seem to work in India. I tend to agree with Xander.

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I thought it was good

    ...especially as you could see how much rehearsal and creative input went into it. :-/

    Paris cos, well, creative input and what-not.

  52. Steve

    @ Nic Brough

    Earnest Errol Quinch, is that you?

  53. Andreas
    Paris Hilton

    Pirated CDs?

    Those CDs don't look very legit...

  54. Astarte

    Brilliant - Loved it . . .

    . . . because it's of the best attempts ever at encouraging people to get absolutely blotto on vallium and stiff brandies. Thanks for the tip Lester (you must have been in a bad way to have watched it twice).

    It should contain a health warning –

    ‘Danger, watching this may seriously affect your sanity’

  55. NB

    fucking hell

    I'm so glad I haven't eaten yet today. It's going to take a few pints of strong ale to clear that nightmare from my mind.

    There truly are some things that you can never un-see.

    Tux, cos GNU/Linux gains ground on it's merits. Not on crappy 2nd rate ads like that.

  56. Rob McCleave

    Copycat Piss Take

    It's supposed to be an ironic post modern nudge and wink type video.

    The trouble is, that only works for really obscure things like PCR amplification machines:

    It doesn't work for already nerdy crap that everybody uses (has to use), from a company that everybody loathes for "borrowing" ideas from others and making expensive pathetic commercials.

  57. Anonymous Coward

    Who needs video?

    Ha ha ha haaeeeaaargh!.. ow.. medic!

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