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

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:

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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Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • xaephod
    Dunno about you, I thought it was funny.
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  • stevejnb
    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
    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
    I thought it was funny too...and dead on. I mean, the truth is true.
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  • house70
    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
    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
    Apples and oranges are just different.
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  • halcyon
    11550290 said:
    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
    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
    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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