Microsoft creates giant slide to promote 'fast and fun' Windows 8

Microsoft has started UK marketing activity for its new Windows 8 operating system by installing a giant slide in the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.

Microsoft: giant slide at Bluewater promotes the new Windows 8 operating system
Microsoft: giant slide at Bluewater promotes the new Windows 8 operating system

The IT and tech giant set up the slide over the weekend, giving shoppers an alternative to using the stairs and presenting Windows 8 as "fast and fun".

Every slider had their picture taken as they went down the slide, receiving a print photo of themselves afterwards. Their pictures were also shared on a giant LED screen, managed by digital outdoor media owner RAM Vision, in the shopping centre, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Participants who tweeted a picture of themselves with the #fastandfun hashtag were entered into a competition to win prizes, including an HP tablet.

The campaign was conceived by Microsoft’s agency Jam, with Slice handling the experiential build.

The launch of Windows 8 is a major milestone for Microsoft, as it seeks to better compete with Apple and Google.

It is preparing a major global marketing assault, which will be Microsoft's biggest period of sustained marketing activity in its 37-year history.

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