Microsoft Exec: iPhone 4 is Apple's Vista

Ryan Whitwam

Microsoft's COO Kevin Turner may have let himself get a little carried away while poking fun at Apple at the Worldwide Partner Conference. In his keynote speech, the Microsoft Exec said, "It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." We're just guessing, but that's probably not a Microsoft approved analogy.

The antenna issues in the iPhone 4 have been well known since launch. In this case a Microsoft Executive just decided to imply the iPhone 4 will damage Apple like Vista damaged Microsoft. Nothing wrong with trashing a product that was your employer's flagship only a year ago, right? Turner used this interesting line of reasoning to talk up the upcoming Windows Phone 7 platform.

Windows Vista was much maligned by consumers and reviewers alike at launch thanks to hardware incompatibilities and software bugs. If we extend Turner's analogy, does that mean Apple will learn from the iPhone 4 and hurry out a release that fixes all the problems a la Windows 7?

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