Microsoft released a series of iPhone parody commercials and then yanked them after only being online for a few hours. The reason cited for the takedown was that the commercials received a “poor reception”. Seriously? Not only is this commercial, called, “A fly on the wall at Cupertino”, hilarious it’s also completely accurate.
The advertisements were ill-received, and even mocked, on numerous social networks. Some observers also suggested that similarities between one of the fictional executives — seen only from behind — and late Apple CEO Steve Jobs were in poor taste.
The campaign “was intended to be a lighthearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we’ve decided to pull it down,” a Microsoft representative told CNET.
Come on people, it’s Friday the 13th. Lighten up a little bit. It’s not like Microsoft is ever going to make a dent in the smartphone marketshare, let’s at least let them poke fun at their competition through goofy commercials like these.
Microsoft hasn’t made a commercial this funny since it inadvertently did with it’s nightmare-inducing Songsmith commercials.