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Microsoft's Kevin Turner
Perhaps you could say that implies that Microsoft thinks Apple will rebound from problems?

In the realm of bold statements, you might expect Microsoft's vocal and boisterous CEO Steve Ballmer to be sounding off.  But instead it was mustachioed chief operating officer Kevin Turner who was playing the axman leveling a wild statement against one of Microsoft's chief rivals.

Speaking about the Windows Phone 7 series, which will be released over the holiday season, Turner remarked, "It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that."

The remark was not first time Microsoft admitted that Vista -- which never passed its predecessor Windows XP and was swiftly passed by its successor Windows 7 -- was far from a success.  Ballmer had previously bemoaned that Vista was "not executed well."

It is also unsurprising that the iPhone 4 would be receiving criticism.  From Apple's arrogant approach to antenna issues (it's all in your head -- the phone is just drawing the signal bars wrong) which yielded a new class action suit, to proximity sensor issues, the iPhone 4 is coming under increased scrutiny.  Even the typically pro-Apple 
Consumer Reports, despite offering overall praise for the phone's hardware, said it could not recommend it because of the severe antenna problems.

What is perhaps surprising is that Microsoft would be the one to criticize Apple's phone debacle.  Microsoft just had its own phone bungle when its 2-year long Kin project (stemming from the $500M+ USD Danger acquisition) ended after two months in a train wreck.  Estimates indicate that just over 8,000 Kin phones were sold.  Much of the reason for the failure was reportedly due to Microsoft's insistence that Danger port its code to Windows CE.

Furthermore, Microsoft has even shown close to showing admiration for its rival's success in the smartphone sphere.  It has said that it is "following in Apple's line" in releasing a feature incomplete phone (in its opinion) early, and then filling in the holes.  It is also embracing Apple's approach of censoring adult materials, and even joined in the criticism of Adobe's Flash platform.



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RE: Vista?
By Ard on 7/14/2010 6:50:42 PM , Rating: 3
I absolutely agree with you. I'm not sure why Vista has the reputation it does. It was nowhere near as bad as everyone made it out to be. It definitely wasn't WinME. In fact, I'd say Vista was a damn good OS. Hell, without it we wouldn't have Win7. Did Vista have some rough edges? Sure. Show me an OS that doesn't have rough edges.


RE: Vista?
By plewis00 on 7/14/2010 6:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with SP2 it's not too bad, we use it a lot at work because during the period we were purchasing new computers, they all came with Vista pre-installed. But now looking back and with XP patches and support declining, it is becoming less stable.

The whole Vista issue, I believe began with the sluggish behaviour on high-end hardware (Pentium 4 at the time), it really wants dual-core CPUs and lots of RAM, which are cheap now but weren't when it launched, the over-intrusive nature of UAC which insisted on halting so much and like someone else mentioned poorly-coded drivers and third-party apps (which is where the unfairness lies).


"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner














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