In his keynote speech at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, company COO Kevin Turner said that Apple’s new iPhone, beset by antenna issues, “might be their Vista”. Self-deprecation suits you well, Microsoft!
Turner started his routine with the “it doesn’t matter how you hold a Windows Phone 7 phone” bit:
One of the things I want to make sure you know today is that you’re going to be able to use a Windows Phone 7 and not have to worry about how you’re holding it to make a phone call.
The real laughs came when Turner compared Apple’s new phone to his own company’s universally loathed OS: Microsoft Vista. That’s like killing two birds with one stone – or maybe making one glass of lemonade with two lemons?
Anyway I’m not sure anyone else is willing to go that far. Apple’s certainly taking a drumming over the iPhone’s reception issues, and their only official statement to date, that it’s all a matter of how the software displays the bars of reception, hasn’t done much to calm people down, but Consumer Reports still had the iPhone 4 ranked as the best smartphone you could buy, even after they said that you probably actually shouldn’t buy it in the first place.
Still it’s always funny to see a big company poking fun at a competitor, and it’s even more fun to see a big company poking fun at itself, so well done, Mr Turner. Get started on some Bob material for your next keynote. [ComputerWorld via Engadget]