So this is what it takes to get somebody to upgrade a PC these days?
Earlier today we told you about Microsoft’s new Windows campaign, meant to persuade consumers to give up their older Windows PCs in favor of the latest versions running Windows 7. But as with most of these things, the description isn’t the same as the reality, and the ad is now available above, showing what happened when the company built a “Personal PC Store” inside the home of Julie, a woman from a focus group.
The machine she ended up picking was an all-in-one HP TouchSmart. (Looks to me like one of the new 610z Series models, which start at $900.)
Of course, it’s notable that Julie was willing to give up her old PC tower, but the more interesting test would have been putting an iMac up against it in the store and seeing if she would have been willing to pay the premium. (People who took part in the Windows ads ultimately received their choice of PCs for free at the end of the process.)
The ad concludes with the now-familiar “I’m a PC” line, which Microsoft previously co-opted from Apple in one of the more interesting marketing moves in its history. The new ads are part of a broader campaign that starts airing tonight and runs through the holiday season.