Microsoft? Not a fan. Well, maybe a little. Some of their stuff works great. But Windows? It’s cumbersome. I haven’t tried Windows 8 yet, but maybe it’s okay. Kinda doubt it.
Anyway, I went Mac in 2007 and have been happy ever since. Was MS-DOS since 2.20 and Windows since 2.03, but finally made the switch. Happy with my Mac, happy with my iPhone (though not with my carrier), and I’m not interested in going back to Windows, or with getting a Windows Phone.
Having said that, recently Microsoft posted a series of videos poking fun at Apple’s new iPhones. But, the Redmond company caught flack about them and took them down. I’m kinda disappointed they caved. The videos were kinda clever. Here’s one:
Now, a lot of the criticism I saw was directed at the confusion over the CEO character (seen only from behind). They weren’t sure if it was supposed to be Tim Cook because it sometimes looked like Steve Jobs. What they missed is … the entire point.
Though the ad begins in “2013″ it’s clearly a compare/contrast between Apple under Cook and Apple under Jobs. Notice how the characters talking to the CEO change shirts and hair styles. The grey shirts represent\ current-day, under Cook, and the black shirts represent Apple under Jobs.
They two developers are shown unsuccessfully selling Jobs on the idea of plastic, colored phones, and getting that passed off as innovation in the current day.
I liked the ad. Microsoft did a good job. It seems that some people don’t appreciate Microsoft’s sense of humor any better than I appreciate their operating systems.
Good job, Microsoft. On the videos.