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Microsoft Posts, Then Pulls, Video Making Fun of New iPhones

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

A video bashing the iPhone backfires on Microsoft.

Tech companies taking jabs at each other is nothing new. Apple's "I'm a Mac" commercials poked at the Windows PC and even became popular culture. Over the weekend, a video clip appeared briefly on Microsoft's Windows Phone YouTube channel.

The video, titled "A fly on the wall in Cupertino?", depicted two people at a product meeting about the new iPhones talking a couple executives, one of which looked a bit like Steve Jobs. Microsoft quickly pulled the video after negative reception from social networks.

Rarely are things forgotten on the Internet, so a mirrored version of the video lives on below:

 

Microsoft "A fly on the wall in Cupertino"

A Microsoft representative told Cnet that the video “was intended to be a lighthearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we’ve decided to pull it down.”

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    Benthon , September 16, 2013 4:18 PM
    This wasn't really that bad and was fairly lighthearted. Would've loved to see Apple's counter video. Of course the media blows everything out of proportion and thus we never will.
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    xaephod , September 16, 2013 4:06 PM
    Dunno about you, I thought it was funny.
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    stevejnb , September 16, 2013 4:11 PM
    Meh, a bit blunt and not really that clever, AND it doesn't even say anything about MS's competing products. I thought the tablet comparisons were much better as they actually showed some features and product comparisons. I know a lot of us are thinking things along these lines, but it's really not that clever a commercial/video.
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    Benthon , September 16, 2013 4:18 PM
    This wasn't really that bad and was fairly lighthearted. Would've loved to see Apple's counter video. Of course the media blows everything out of proportion and thus we never will.
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    halcyon , September 16, 2013 4:21 PM
    I thought it was funny too...and dead on. I mean, the truth is true.
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    house70 , September 16, 2013 4:29 PM
    LOL. The only thing weird is, after all the grief MS got from Apple, it's still MS that felt they had to pull this ad. I mean, cmon, a poke is a poke, and in this case was a good one.
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    cmi86 , September 16, 2013 4:57 PM
    Oh wah... Apple has slandered every single company possible since the dawn of time, no one cares when they do it.
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    Icecweam7 , September 16, 2013 4:58 PM
    Apples and oranges are just different.
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    halcyon , September 16, 2013 5:09 PM
    Quote:
    Oh wah... Apple has slandered every single company possible since the dawn of time, no one cares when they do it.


    ...and noone cares now.
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    maddad , September 16, 2013 5:22 PM
    Steve Balmer must have thought this up. It was really terrible. I personally don't care for the new iphone 5c colors, but I would bet good money they will be kicking some Windows phone butt in the near future. I do like the price and everbody else already makes there phones out of plastic. I will be keeping my old Motorola Atrix 4g for now. Just took a paycut at work so AT&T us losing my business, and I am not buying anything new right now.
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    Meryl89 , September 16, 2013 5:35 PM
    Admittedly, I just traded my HTC 8x Windows Phone for an HTC One (love it btw). Even though the Windows Phone had some software issues, the hardware was great. Dispite it's flaws, at least Windows phones are trying to innovate. And on Android's side, Samsung is trying so hard to push new technology they are fixing problems that don't exist (I can scroll down on my own thanks). But it's still cool to use and innovative!
    Apple though, they had this coming. It's like iPad 4 all over again. Tween the chip, change one visual trait, and sell it to people again.
    In short, I love this video. Makes me laugh.
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    nevilence , September 16, 2013 5:47 PM
    dunno why they got pulled, wasnt "sore sides from laughing" funny but it wasnt bad enough to pull. had a laugh at the color names =P
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    claptrap22 , September 16, 2013 6:28 PM
    I don't think they should have pulled it because it is in some way denigrating. They shouldn't have posted it because it just makes them seem petty. It's not especially funny, it doesn't say anything about their own products, and they're not in a position to say that they're not doing similar things with their own products. Actually, they're not doing anything with their own products. Apple has fallen from favor with me, personally, but this ad isn't clever enough to get the point they wanted to get across in a tasteful, sophisticated manner.
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    jimmysmitty , September 16, 2013 8:23 PM
    I am fine with a plastic phone (my S4 is but feels nice) but I can see their point. Apple always stated they had a more up scale phone but now they will have the same as everyone else.

    And while aluminum is nice it also costs and weighs more and as well kills some nice features (removable battery and SD card for example).

    While I like my S4 I will probably go Windows Phone next as I have heard its pretty nice. Just waiting for a decent x86 chips so I can just run 8.1 on it instead of the Phone version of 8.
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    fjfixer , September 16, 2013 8:34 PM
    What did one corpse say to the other? you stink
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    Shaun o , September 16, 2013 10:56 PM
    Wow about £90 less than an 5s series.

    A 5c a worse 4" screen. 4g cap.
    Innovation amazing.
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    esrever , September 17, 2013 12:57 AM
    So its the apple fanboy "tech" sites that gave it bad rep and they pulled it?
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    ekho , September 17, 2013 3:14 AM
    This is really old news Tom's, btw.
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    back_by_demand , September 17, 2013 4:07 AM
    "Microsoft quickly pulled the video after negative reception from social networks"

    Were the complainants owners of iPhones, perchance?

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    wemakeourfuture , September 17, 2013 4:19 AM
    Microsoft making fun of Apple over the iPhone?
    Microsoft is nothing but jealous about what Apple has done with the iPhone and for over 15 years has been a total failure in the mobile (phone and tablet) space. In fact their failure has total at least $2 billion in losses over that time.

    Make a product that people want to pay the price for and then come and try to diss the iPhone until then maybe they should be focusing on producing a product the public actually gives a damn about.
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    back_by_demand , September 17, 2013 4:46 AM
    Err, they are making a better product, the Nokia 1020 is a superior phone and sales growth is massive, they may be behind but so were Android once and look what happened there
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