The Windows 7 release is just a few days away (it drops October 22) and Microsoft is going grass roots to drum up some support. They’ve built a relationship with HouseParty.com to encourage people to have Windows 7 House Parties for the launch.
And you thought ComiCon was nerdy.
While Microsoft employees have started throwing their Windows 7 House Parties today, Tanya Davis (aka NetChick) has signed up to host her own Windows 7 House Party the weekend of the launch and isnt ashamed to admit she’s excited.
Yes, the Future Shop Boxing Day Sale started on Christmas Eve, right in the middle of key family time. Instead of tucking in to board games, tourtiere and carols with the kids, people were left clicking, refreshing and waiting for the site to load.
That was me, as I wrote last year:
“It’s now almost 10:30p, some 5 1/2 hours after the sale started and they’ve only sold 400 of the extra cheap iPod shuffles. Something tells me lots of people got screwed on this, gave up and went to bed. Good news, I got my iPod and SD HC dirt cheap. Now I get to go downstairs and wrap presents.
But the big FAIL remains the sale start time. 8p/5p on Christmas Eve? That’s family time. That’s personal time. Start the sale at midnight Christmas Day/Boxing Day after all the family stuff is done – Christmas Eve is just a little offside.
Here’s an email response I’ve received to the above post from Future Shop:
“I wanted to send a note and let you know that the online Boxing Day Tips were not an indication that we anticipate problems with the site. In fact, we’ve made a significant investment in the site, and our team has spent the last few months upgrading the infrastructure to support the volume of traffic anticipated. Although the volume of shoppers was unprecedented last year, we are anticipating an additional 30% increase in traffic this year.
We heard the feedback to last year and we have responded. Online shopping is growing rapidly, especially with a trusted company like Future Shop. We have aggressively tested the site and are working diligently in the days leading up to Boxing Day with our E-Commerce Teams, Call Centre, and external partners including Canada Post that we deliver a better experience for our customers.”
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