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post #81 of 210
if this was a US store, especially in California the manager of the store in question would be on the phone in like 5 seconds dropping an anon tip about a fire hazard for blocking the entrance to a store.

cheap shot sure, but deserved
post #82 of 210
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"Photos, video, music. No walls, no windows, just life. iLife"

That is actually really good. You should consider a career in advertising! Seriously though, if they set up a booth like that and I had some time to spare, I would have a good time!

Hi, I'm a PC, and I have herpes!
post #83 of 210
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Originally Posted by MJ Web View Post

I think he would be the most appropriate
spokesperson for Windows Vista.

nope this is the best person to promote M$


regarding the kiosk outside the Apple store; they parked it there to ambush the customers they're losing before they have chance to switch
post #84 of 210
Are we sure this isn't just another Apple ad? If not, I bet they're wishing they thought of it first!
post #85 of 210
can we leave posts anywhere online for the im a pc campaign i was just thinking of having some fun with isight and photo booth

i was a pc but got p***ed when i kept breaking
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post #86 of 210
Any good?

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post #87 of 210
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Originally Posted by Doxxic View Post

This is precisely the kind of thing that PC does in Apple's ads!!!

Ha ha...That's what I thought too.

But seriously: they thought it would be a good idea to park what looks like a portable toilet outside a gleaming Apple Store?
post #88 of 210
Microsoft's tactics seems to be much like McCain's tactics against Obama! And who know their downward spiral may be too in the near future.
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post #89 of 210
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Originally Posted by der passant View Post

Pathetic

Yah, that was my first thought as well. IS Apple REALLY scaring Microsoft THIS much that they are figuratively putting pickets in front of stores?

I suppose this might bring the name out, but I don't see HP picketing Dell, or Ford picketing GM or Sony picketing Toshiba. Other than the 94% core base who else is this supposed to appeal to?
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post #90 of 210
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Originally Posted by kerryb View Post

The hull has been breeched and the sinking has begun, looks like Captain Balmer will be going down with the ship (yelling) undoubtedly.

<ship sinking>
Balmer: "DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS, DEVELOPERS..."
post #91 of 210
We'll have a bunch of pictures of the homeless guy using the Kiosk as a bathroom.
post #92 of 210
Microsoft gives Apple new idea for a commercial yet again.
post #93 of 210
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Originally Posted by MadCow42 View Post

Ironically, the poster on the booth reads "Life without walls"... on the outside of a wall.

Maybe they meant "Firewalls", refering to their security track record... I don't know.

MadCow.

Can't we have "Life without Windows" instead?
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Originally Posted by nothowie View Post

I'd be pissed at the Mall Administration/landlord if I were Apple. They pay big bucks and are responsible for bringing in a lot of traffic to the mall..and they rent out the space practically
blocking their front door to their competitor? I'd be pissed and threaten to move out of the mall...even though it cost them money.

Given how Apple markets it products, I'd say that MS is giving Apple a taste of their own medicine. Now that being said, I think the whole thing is pretty silly....
post #96 of 210
Money would be better spent putting up stores like Apple but for Tech support and learning. Maybe then they would get the hint that their OS needs to be rethought and updated to a stable working version.

I would fire Balmer if I comprised the board. This guy shouldn't be running a hot dog stand much less MS.
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post #97 of 210
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Originally Posted by Mark View Post

Ha ha...That's what I thought too.

But seriously: they thought it would be a good idea to park what looks like a portable toilet outside a gleaming Apple Store?

I'm a WC.

( oh dear, I might have to go use one )

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post #98 of 210
Stupid move on Microsoft's part. Most people go to the Apple Store because they know it's there and want to go. So they are going to be mainly pro-Apple people. Microsoft is going to end up with a bunch of Apple Fanboys in their booths giving them a really, really hard time.

EPIC FAIL
post #99 of 210
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Originally Posted by tmedia1 View Post

Given how Apple markets it products, I'd say that MS is giving Apple a taste of their own medicine. Now that being said, I think the whole thing is pretty silly....

This strategy makes no sense to me. If the goal is to convince people in the mall to choose Mac over PC, why would they think people would choose a dank video booth over a big, bright, beautiful Apple Store? And how would sitting down and talking to a video camera change someone's mind about PCs?

And if they're trying to get good material for their ad campaign, isn't this the absolute worst place to find it? Apple Stores are a magnet for a) big Apple fans, and b) former PC users who are fed up with their PCs. It seems that anyone who wants to put in a genuine plug for Windows would have to wait in line behind a bunch of former users eager to spew vitriol.

Really, the only reasoning I can see behind this is to simply make a point of looking hip, alternative and totally in-your-face. While that kind of guerrilla tactic might work if Microsoft were a tiny, nimble company competing with the Apple goliath, Microsoft is, well, Microsoft. They're not really fooling anybody.
post #100 of 210
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Originally Posted by Swift View Post

4. Mobile Me's been working for me since about two weeks on. The team was fired, and the guy behind iTunes now runs it. It's been getting slicker and slicker.

The team was not fired; that would be insane. The VP above MobileMe was excused, as it were, and MobileMe has been put under Eddy Cue's supervision.
post #101 of 210
Am I the only one who finds it ironic that the kiosk says "Life Without Walls" on a freaking WALL itself. Yeah yeah, metaphorical, I know.
post #102 of 210
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Originally Posted by PXT View Post

I'm a WC.

I'm a WC - without walls.
post #103 of 210
What if the goal is to catch the worst videos posted by apple fans and then distribute them to make them look uncool?

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post #104 of 210
If apple doesn't use this kiosk idea in their next I'm a Mac ad, they'll miss a great opportunity to shut down this MS$ ploy. That's if Apple didn't do it themselves as a Halloween PR coup. This IS surely something that Hodgeman would do. If MS$ did do it for real, please Apple shove it back at them and make their ROI worthless and allow them to be the laughing stock of Madison Avenue.
post #105 of 210
all thats going to happen is they will get a hole load of apple fanboy walking out the shop, with there new macbooks in there shiny unibody's showing off, as they switch from os x to windows in boot camp, and do lots of other cool stuff like ilife and shit
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post #106 of 210
This is brilliant! Put a kiosk with some some pictures about people saying I'm a PC and then they can go inside and they can play with a Mac and compare using 10.5 on a brand new Mac vs, umm, a picture of some guy saying he's a PC. Combine that with it's Deepak Chopra and I wouldn't want to be a PC if he's one...
post #107 of 210
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Originally Posted by iReality85 View Post

I can't stop laughing. Leave it to Microsoft to park their booth right outside an Apple Store. In ur eye, Jobs! : P

yeah. i wonder how badly that will backfire. they are not likely going to record much propaganda in their favour in that location...
post #108 of 210
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Originally Posted by roehlstation View Post

We'll have a bunch of pictures of the homeless guy using the Kiosk as a bathroom.

giving new meaning to "core dump"
post #109 of 210
Scary. Like a Vista retail box came to life.

post #110 of 210
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Originally Posted by Zaphodsplanet View Post

Hey .... could someone post how we submit videos to the "I'm a PC" campaign...... we could annoy the hell out of them..... or.....LOL....

Try to be as lame and gross and you could imagine..... and shoot a video of yourself saying your a PC.....LOL

When I saw that one guy who says "I'm a PC and I like pancakes" I thought some people
were already doing that.
post #111 of 210
Wouldn't Microsoft serve its users better by putting more money into fixing XP & Vista and less into stupid marketing like, "I'm a PC and I sell fish..." ?
post #112 of 210
Its the closest they are going to get to being a MAC
post #113 of 210
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Originally Posted by sandro View Post

Maybe it wasn't such a great idea for Microsoft to hire the same people running McCain's campaign.

Yeah, it would be better if Microsoft changed their slogan to "Hope. Change."
post #114 of 210
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Originally Posted by Mobius View Post

Any good?


You buy the combination of hardware and software, thats the deal with Mac, so surely dual-booting is in itself an admission of the shortcomings of the overall package?
post #115 of 210
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Originally Posted by jamiec View Post

This strategy makes no sense to me. If the goal is to convince people in the mall to choose Mac over PC, why would they think people would choose a dank video booth over a big, bright, beautiful Apple Store? And how would sitting down and talking to a video camera change someone's mind about PCs?


the move is akin to folks picketing outside of a polling place. they can't do it inside so they go to just outside the limit and do it there.

the trick is that once you are outside of the legal lease line anything goes. so other than a fire hazard complaint, there's nothing Apple can do.
post #116 of 210
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Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

the trick is that once you are outside of the legal lease line anything goes. so other than a fire hazard complaint, there's nothing Apple can do.

They can mock MSFT mercilessly.
post #117 of 210
Perfect opportunity for the Apple Store manager to so send out a couple employees wearing dull, dingy, beige PC shaped cases and sad-face makeup.

Have them with "I'm a PC" stickers on the cases and then just walk around close to the kiosk. The kiosk will be avoided like the plague by all but the most ardent MS fandom and the kiosk workers cannot even say anything because, well, turnabout is fair play.
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post #118 of 210
This thing can easily be mistaken for the new style Public Convenience (Toilet) which are being installed in the UK.

I don't have a recent picture but this forerunner will give you the idea.

http://www.jcdecaux.co.uk/development/apc/?key=Pillar
post #119 of 210
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Originally Posted by charlituna View Post

the move is akin to folks picketing outside of a polling place. they can't do it inside so they go to just outside the limit and do it there.

the trick is that once you are outside of the legal lease line anything goes. so other than a fire hazard complaint, there's nothing Apple can do.

But there can be other things too, depending on the contract. The reason I say that is a local mall tried to add another anchor store, and the store that is now called Macy's vetoed it. Macy's was one of the original anchors for the mall when it opened a few decades ago, and they had a clause in their contract that said they had veto power over new anchors. The new anchor was something of a competitor, so Macy's objected. The It went to court and was upheld, and thus, the new tenant was blocked.

I don't know if the lease contract has anything like that, but it would not surprise me. If they don't, I can imagine that every new or updated contract will have that sort of thing negotiated in.
post #120 of 210
I don't understand why Microsoft is spending any money on advertising at all. This kind of advertising usually has growing the market as it's objective as is evidenced by the Apple ads this campaign is copying and replying to.

Microsoft has a "captured" market, that's the whole point of it's monopoly position. They sell to businesses primarily, not consumers, that's their core competency and their core market.

If they simply spent the money on making a kick-ass product, the consumers will come back in the same way that they drifted over to Apple in the first place because of *Apple's* kick-ass products.
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