Apple has been getting a lot of publicity of the back of Microsoft events, with the recent Mobius event above being a good example.
This is set to stop however, with Microsoft banning any mention of Apple products at their events.Â And they mean it.Â At a recent Windows Mobile 6.5 launch event this exchange occurred:
The blow below the belt came without warning. “This is a Microsoft event” a Microsoft manager barked at a IT journalist “Apple products have no place here”. When a tentative laughter began to rise in the upscale restaurant “Maria und Josef” in Munich he pushed on: “I mean it”
The offense: At a dinner talk the journalist dared mention that he never owned a phone that was easier to use than the iPhone. This was at the introduction event of Windows Mobile 6.5. “His emotionality surprised me”, said a PR consultant attending the event. “It shows that the nerves are on edge [at MS]”.
All I can say is about time.Â Microsoft need to stop supporting a blogosphere actively hostile to their products and remind these journalists that their Mac habit is very much in the minority and not worth ranting on about every 3 minutes.