What is that commercial with Seinfeld and Gates, where they want to live like ordinary people, about?

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    Sep 13, 2008 3:26 AM GMT
    Dont look in here. ...If I knew, I wouldnt be asking.
  • EricLA

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    Sep 13, 2008 11:38 PM GMT
    Well, it's part of a really expensive campaign on Microsoft's part to counteract Apple's "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" commercials, which they feel have been very effective at undermining Vista. Forget that Vista is a total crap product for anyone who doesn't have the most updated computer hardware, including printers, etc. So rather than spend the money to give their customers the product they deserve, they're spending money on this ad campaign to try to repair their public image. I don't know how many commercials are in the series, but so far the first two are a bust in my opinion.
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    Sep 13, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    link to them? I haven't seen either.
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    Sep 13, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    EricLA saidWell, it's part of a really expensive campaign on Microsoft's part to counteract Apple's "I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC" commercials, which they feel have been very effective at undermining Vista. Forget that Vista is a total crap product for anyone who doesn't have the most updated computer hardware, including printers, etc. So rather than spend the money to give their customers the product they deserve, they're spending money on this ad campaign to try to repair their public image. I don't know how many commercials are in the series, but so far the first two are a bust in my opinion.


    Definitely no worse than Apple's new commercial where the PC is a "delicious pizza"...
  • bobbyd918

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    Sep 13, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    It's a commercial about nothing...
  • SkyMiles

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    Sep 13, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    I don't know, but still it was pretty funny icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 13, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    Here's the commercial:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/default.aspx?icid=winvan

    And while I'm currently a Mac user and fan (after an entire life of DOS, Win3.1, WinNT4, Win2k, WinXP, etc.), I did like the new MSFT ad.

    The purpose of course is MSFT's way of admitting to us that they've been out of touch with what users want, but are now listening carefully and plan to release a new version of Windows that users will find easier to use and house utilities/tools/apps that we want and use for everyday living.

    It's actually not a counter to Apple ads, but in a way "telling us the next Windows version will be more Mac-Like in many respects".

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    Sep 14, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    who cares ? I'm reading this from my new iPhone and happy as a kid on Xmas morning! Who needs microshaft?
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    Sep 14, 2008 2:53 PM GMT
    LOL.. that's a head-in-the-sand outlook.

    Apple is indeed leading right now on many fronts, but it wasn't always so. Back during the Mac clones days, OS 8/9 was so awful it sent people running to Windows 95 in droves.

    And Vista definitely has a bad rap it doesn't entirely deserve. Vista is a definite improvement and step up over XP; just doesn't play as nicely with older hardware.

    I'm saying this as an iPhone (and then later an iPhone 3G) user, a Mac Pro 8-core, a Mac Air, and a Mac Mini owner, with PC now reduced to virtualization via VMware that rarely if ever gets used. I love Mac! It's my preferred platform right now---but in 10 years that could easily change and MSFT could be on top again. Who knows.

    Finally, Microsoft (not Microshaft) happens to be a great company. I personally don't care for any of their software (during this era in the computing industry), but the company is a good one and treats its employees exceedingly well. Same with companies like Adobe: I can't stand their software; but the company is a good one. For now, I'm an Apple user in both hardware and software but I'll have no trouble leaving the brand if the quality and user experience drops and a new top dog is out there.

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    Sep 14, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    I never buy into the whole Mac > PC thing.

    I use a Mac but it's by choice and party because I was fond of the silver finish. It still has its issue, namely Mac's poor support of accessory hardware for gaming and communication software that was a must on most online games.
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    Sep 14, 2008 3:51 PM GMT
    i read in the ny times about this ad campaign and its actually to promote vista but you wouldn't get that from the commercial.
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    Sep 14, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    bobbyd918 saidIt's a commercial about nothing...


    You are clever.
    Very funny icon_smile.gif
  • scothman

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    Sep 14, 2008 7:36 PM GMT
    Seinfeld is just a funny guy. Heeelllllloooooo!
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    Sep 14, 2008 7:43 PM GMT
    I think it's a developmental campaign. One where they paint a picture slowly and the familiarity grows over time. I'd read about it a couple months ago and it was far more esoteric than I thought it would be. I think it may prove interesting over time.

    I like the Mac vs. PC commercial, but it hasn't convinced me to switch. (I use Mac's and PC's at work but PC's only at home. I do have an iPhone though which I like.)
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    Sep 14, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    I use both Mac and PC, and just set up a Mac Pro to run OS X on one terabyte drive and Windows XP on another (not for me, for my husband). It's pretty sweet. Best of both worlds...and the OS X has a Windows platform emulation software called Parallels that allows application access without rebooting. It's sweet!

    I'm still using a PC, but I'm thinking, if it's this easy, I'll be switching to Mac soon (my first 14 years on computers were with Apple and Mac, BTW).

    This is where I think Mac, as a hardware/software and Microsoft as software can both win. See, the Mac hasn't put down Microsoft, the software company in quite awhile. Their ads have been Mac vs PC, not Mac vs Microsoft.
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    Sep 14, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    An ad that would make me cheer: Seinfeld and Gates bump into Jobs in Cupertino at a Starbucks to order a Pepsi.

    An uncomfortable moment as Jobs orders a Coke.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 14, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I thought they were the deleted scenes from the Breakfast Club icon_eek.gif
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    Sep 16, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    I'm using this thread to vent on Vista, discussing the commercials is pointless, just as they are. It just gives us a very small peak of how boring and difficult Gates is.

    Vista alienates PC users more than any Operating System before. For example, if something goes wrong, and many times it does (ie. Adware, trojans, viruses) what do you do?

    Back in 95/98 you could've put in your boot floppy and still had access to the "DOS" and do some quick repairs, maybe use msconfig etc to dislodge yourself out of a sticky mess.

    With Vista, you have to take your computer in for repairs to Geek Squad or something else, because everything on that computer is so restricted and complicated, you really do need professionals to look at it.

    I use both Mac OS X Panther and Win XP, it seems to be working out.

    So I agree with the above posts, you can't invest money in marketing Shit, when it is still just a big pile of dung.

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