While this is certainly a sketchy practice at best, I have trouble getting outraged over it/ect ect over this after hearing dozens of cases of it from a dozen companies over the past few years, and those are only the ones we know about. Small potatos at worst.
I personally don't mind this. If someone's opinion is swayed by how many upvotes or downvotes the product has, then it's just changing one uneducated opinion to another. I don't really care if it's in favor of Microsoft or against it.
You know MS aint the first to do something like this and probably aint going to be the last.
Its all about viral marketing.
But you gotta admit, how lame is it when these people get asked what their jobs are and respond "Spamming MS propaganda across the internet and trolling the haters."
It's beyond believable, it's true. Everyone major company does this to some degree, but you know Msoft is gonna be out in force with this due to all the hate the XB1 is getting and the ridiculously terrible news they just announced about screwing over consumers with the 24 hour thing, sharing a game once, etc... The only question now is whether the XB1 or the WiiU will be a bigger flop and with Nintendo announcing some popular titles like smash bros soon, Msoft could be screwed. Sony is just chillin' laughing at all the XB1 hate.