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Microsoft really, really hates its dud Vista operating system - so much so that it can now openly badmouth its own product while taking a bitchy stab at Apple and its current iPhone 4 antenna woes.

The company’s COO Kevin Turner took to the stage at Microsoft’s annual partner shindig yesterday to offload some snarky soundbites, courtesy of VarGuy.com, about the state of the current technology playing field.

As part of that message he couldn’t resist taking a dig at Apple, after conceding that Microsoft hadn’t yet made any significant headway with its own efforts to enter the smartphone market.

“You will be able to use Windows Phone 7 and not have to worry about how they hold it. It looks like iPhone 4 might be their [Apple's] Vista. And I’m OK with that,” he said.

That statement not only slams home just how much Microsoft has disowned its clunky Vista OS, but it also overlooks one important point: despite the problems with iPhone 4, customers still desire the product.

The same thing of course could not be said for Vista, which belly-flopped into choppy waters in late 2006 and never really recovered from the sting.

Elsewhere in his speech, Turner drilled holes into Mountain View’s cloudy rival to Microsoft’s Office software suite. He claimed that many customers had returned to the MS fold after trying out Google Apps and not liking it.

Turner also took a pop at Google by proclaiming: “We don’t read your email and invade your privacy.

“We’re not snooping your WiFi. That’s not what we’re about. We don’t have a mission statement that reminds us not to do evil,” he said.

That may or may not be true, but what should Microsoft's mission statement be in 2010, then?

"Slag off the competition cos they're on our tail" perhaps? ®

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