15 September 2013

Microsoft pulls lame anti-iPhone ads

When you are in 3rd place (a distant 3rd place) like Microsoft is, running anti-iPhone and scroogled ads is just lame -- (and indicative Microsoft's products and services are inferior) --
Microsoft's online video ads that mocked Apple's latest crop of iPhones have been yanked, following what appears to be a poor reception by viewers . . . The videos, which began with the title "A fly on the wall in Cupertino?" depicted fictional meetings supposedly taking place at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. They were posted from Microsoft's Windows Phone YouTube account, and at nearly two ...

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