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New Microsoft Ad Says Being Sexy Isn't Everything

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Microsoft has released the latest installment of Laptop Hunter, the company’s advertising campaign which endeavors to find customers a laptop that meets their requirements all the while keeping within a certain budget.

This next advert focuses on Giampaulo, a “technically-savvy” young man who seeks portability, battery life and power for under $1,500. Giampaulo eventually settles on a HP (again, really?) with 4 GB of RAM, a GeForce 9600M GT, Windows Vista (Home Premium) and a 500 GB hard drive. Again, the buyer briefly considers an Apple computer before deciding that while the MacBook was “so sexy” he didn’t believe in paying for the brand as opposed to the performance.

This ad addresses the problem I had before (about Lauren visiting the Apple store first) and offers a logical reason for not buying an Apple machine. Giampaulo doesn’t believe in paying a huge price for a certain brand and makes it clear that he doesn’t WANT to buy one, and probably wouldn’t even if he had the money. 

Click here to view the commercial on YouTube.

That said, while this ad hits the spot for me with the PC/Mac price argument, I can’t help but notice Microsoft has yet to advertise something manufactured by the company. Sure, point out that Macs are more expensive, and PCs are a much smarter option if you’re working from a specific budget or want something customizable, but if the Microsoft is counting this as part of the same campaign as those Bill Gates/Jerry Seinfeld ads (which also didn’t advertise anything), the company is spending $300 million shouting about hardware it can’t lay claim to. Sure, for every PC purchases, the average consumer will purchase a copy of Windows, but if I remember correctly, Microsoft has a new OS in the pipeline, surely it would do well to save its money advertising something it’s spent a lot of time, money and effort in creating?

Keeping the Mac vs. PC arguments to a minimum (if you can), do you think Microsoft would be best off spending its $300 million on products it can actually take credit for or do you think it’s pushing something that will ultimately up the sales of Windows is just smart marketing? Leave your thoughts below.

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    theJ , April 6, 2009 1:41 PM
    Eh, i'm up for any ad that stops the Apple brainwashing. People need to know that Macs aren't more technologically advanced than PC's.

    But, i do agree that HP, Dell, etc should be the ones advertising this. Meanwhile MS should focus on advertising the features that makes their OS more desirable.

    I remember a Mac ad from a year or more back advertising their "unique" feature that would automatically backup your system every day without prompting, thus saving the users data in case of a system failure. Where was MS? They should have been advertising System Restore the next day.

    But i digress. Yes, their marketing strategy is questionable.
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    LATTEH , April 6, 2009 1:39 PM
    XD if you look at the comments in the youtube channel its funny!
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    theJ , April 6, 2009 1:41 PM
    Eh, i'm up for any ad that stops the Apple brainwashing. People need to know that Macs aren't more technologically advanced than PC's.

    But, i do agree that HP, Dell, etc should be the ones advertising this. Meanwhile MS should focus on advertising the features that makes their OS more desirable.

    I remember a Mac ad from a year or more back advertising their "unique" feature that would automatically backup your system every day without prompting, thus saving the users data in case of a system failure. Where was MS? They should have been advertising System Restore the next day.

    But i digress. Yes, their marketing strategy is questionable.
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    engrpiman , April 6, 2009 1:45 PM
    I live in a trailer park? Thank you for opening my eyes! My Ubuntu Notebook had pulled the shades over my eyes, and I forgot all about the dump I had been living in.

    I liked the add and I think that it works. Why plaster the add with the Windows logo when you can bash apple and sell product at the same time. I am also in the same boat as the guy in the add. I wanted a Mac Book but when I looked at the price tag I decided to go for a sony VAIO instead.
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    roofus , April 6, 2009 1:45 PM
    I wouldn't acknowledge Apple as a threat to begin with. They have a small market share and it actually shrank in 2008. Their numbers are skewed to begin with because of academic "requirements" to purchase one in some universities. You always know when someone has got over that hump around here because there is a flood of the things that they "wanted so bad" for sale.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2009 1:59 PM
    i would say more students are "required" to purchase pcs than macs. especially for med school, law, and engineering. be careful before using blanket statements like that roofus.
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    gwellin , April 6, 2009 2:04 PM
    They are relating to the majority of computer users. If you buy a PC you are buying M$. The adds don't have to advertise a particular product to be successful. Everyone of you remembers the Bill/Jerry adds because they were funny and didn't push a product down your throats.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2009 2:05 PM
    I honestly don't think this will cause Apple execs to raise too many eyebrows. Apple long ago decided they don't WANT to be a larger company on the scale of Microsoft, and they don't want tens of millions of people using their computers. Otherwise, they'd have to increase their support staff multi-fold in order to handle all of the users (hence, less money in the big guy's pockets). They seem to be completely happy and content in the fact that there is a subculture of Apple zombies who will buy anything with the logo on it with no questions. Most of us are bright enough to realize that buying a computer with half the processing power for twice the price isn't a good deal, so we can be happy in knowing we're not getting the shaft for the sake of a Titanium case and glowing piece of fruit on the cover. Let the others enjoy their fruit.
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    JMcEntegart , April 6, 2009 2:09 PM
    gwellinThey are relating to the majority of computer users. If you buy a PC you are buying M$. The adds don't have to advertise a particular product to be successful. Everyone of you remembers the Bill/Jerry adds because they were funny and didn't push a product down your throats.


    Fair enough but I still maintain it wasn't worth the $10 million they paid Seinfeld.
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    matt2624 , April 6, 2009 2:17 PM
    I think it's a great ad. I'm not "anti-Apple", per se, as I own an iPod Touch and it's an amazing device. But not everyone can afford their "premium". I especially don't appreciate how Apple locks everything down, and places you in their own little jail. PCs have much more flexibility, are easier and cheaper to upgrade and customize, and, all around, provide more 'bang for the buck'.
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    onerec , April 6, 2009 2:18 PM
    come on guys, APPLE is selling products with high prices but the hardware is not good enough. Its like a person with a nice look but have no money.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2009 2:21 PM
    Say what you will about being against Windows, BUT.....the FACT REMAINS that 94% of the entire world's needs are done with Windows. That includes everything from cash registers, bridges, navigation, you name it! Unless and until that HUGE STATISTIC changes much toward another OS, I'll stick with the proven leader! Enough said! (If you can't keep windows running right, either you try to tweak too much without knowing what you are doing to start with, or you just don't "GET IT!") Gotta ask yourself why YOU are having so many problems while the world sails on. Would be nice if third-party software developers got wiser.

    Windows runs most of the entire WORLD'S computers, whatever they do. THAT is a FACT. Why go with anything less? For me, I will stick with the leader.
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2009 2:23 PM
    Say what you will about being against Windows, BUT.....the FACT REMAINS that 94% of the entire world's needs are done with Windows. That includes everything from cash registers, bridges, navigation, you name it! Unless and until that HUGE STATISTIC changes much toward another OS, I'll stick with the proven leader! Enough said! (If you can't keep windows running right, either you try to tweak too much without knowing what you are doing to start with, or you just don't "GET IT!") Gotta ask yourself why YOU are having so many problems while the world sails on. Would be nice if third-party software developers got wiser.

    Windows runs most of the entire WORLD'S computers, whatever they do. THAT is a FACT. Why go with anything less? For me, I will stick with the leader.
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    Hatecrime69 , April 6, 2009 2:29 PM
    the only part i find interesting is that this 'guy' cared about battery life, yet buys a laptop that reviews claim under 2 hours battery life..now I don't really like attack ads in general, but if your gonna do it at least pick a better choice than a ~15 pound, desktop replacement

    But these ad's scream to me as hp paying microsoft to do the ads, in both commercials they both end up with hp laptops? It's not like they are the only laptop maker in town
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    Anonymous , April 6, 2009 2:35 PM
    Microsoft - being a software company is totally missing the point here. I mean kudos to HP for getting free adverts!

    Not trying to start anything here, but Jobs was right when he said it's all about "software software software". Why is Microsoft advertising hardware?
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    niz , April 6, 2009 2:41 PM
    I think Microsoft would be better spending the money on windows itself, making sure their next operating system doesn't suck as bad as Vista.
    Microsoft do very well at advertising and hyping stuff up. What they don't get is that its more important that the product itself is good.

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    hardwarekid9756 , April 6, 2009 2:54 PM
    IMO, I think microsoft is taking the right tack. They are advertising hardware, sure, but that is what microsoft is good at: playing nice. They can be a jerk sometimes, but the idea of MS is that they place nicely with hardware and software, or at least moreso than Apple. You GET the choice, the price flexibility, and the software expansion. Microsoft IS the company of "And me" (All of your choices of software, and me) not "Only me." (only the hardware we give you, and only me) Advertising that you can use it with other people's brand is a big deal, imo. Windows 7 will sell itself thanks to the hype-machine.
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