Microsoft PR outlaws iPhone talk
We do not mention that bitch's name in polite company!
A Microsoft manager created a bit of a fuss by advising a journalist not to mention the iPhone at a Microsoft event in Germany, betraying frayed nerves in the MS camp.
The journalist was apparently guilty of expressing his opinion that no mobile phone was easier to use than an iPhone. We might disagree with that opinion*, but we wouldn't demand he stop mentioning Apple products, as one Microsoft manager did.
The event was a Windows Mobile 6.5 demonstration in Germany, as reported by Handelsblatt and translated by 9to5 Mac, and seems to have involved a Microsoft manager rather emotionally telling a reporter to stop going on about the iPhone. When laughter followed silence, he reportedly asserted that he was serious and that there would be no mention - or use - of Apple products at a Microsoft event.
While the chap in question obviously shouldn't be talking to reporters that way, especially those indoctrinated into the cult of Jobs, one can imagine Microsoft is pretty bored with hearing comparisons to the iPhone by now.
Windows Mobile 6.5 is a poor response, and being reminded of that every day must smart a little. ®
* We'd argue that the Nokia 6310i had a better interface for a mobile phone, but concede that the iPhone is hard to beat for a handheld computer.
it's a sad day
"one can imagine Microsoft is pretty bored of hearing comparisons to the iPhone by now"
Let's all be honest - most of us are bored with the constant iPhone comparisons now, even iPhone owners are bored with it. The main reason for this is because every media outlet, whether paid for by Apple or not, seem to squee at the mention of the iPhone, and make unnecessary comparisons.
Having said that, microsoft really shouldn't just be putting their fingers in their collective ears and shouting "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA"... they could learn a couple of things from the likes of the iPhone and newer android ui's (like htc's and moto's blur).... just as many manufacturers have *learnt things from microsoft.
* I can see the jokes based on that statement but I'm being sincere here, please no fanboy remarks for or against either of them!! :)
After switching from a HP iPaq 514 to HTC Touch Pro2 i miss the good old boring windows mobile interface. May be ugly but it was fast and effective.
The UI on the TP2 just feels so iPhony, how do people that use the real iPhone live with this crap?
Now *THAT* is funny
WM7 had better be pants moisteningly good or MS may as well pack up and go home.