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We do not mention that bitch's name in polite company!

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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.

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