Kin advert – Microsoft gets it wrong and then wrong again?

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Microsoft appears to have got it wrong again with one of it’s ads.  Whilst some would have you believe that Kin is the talk of the town….whats Kin? I hear you ask, well its the latest product which Microsoft just can’t seem to be “cool” or in touch with the public.  In a nutshell, Kin ads were pulled because of a short clip where a lad takes a photo with the Kin underneath his shirt which most people probably wouldn’t have noticed.  However (believe it or not) the Microsoft Safer Online team [1] did and pulled that part of the clip off the ad.  Self censorship so to speak.  They had this to say:

Microsoft has deleted the inappropriate portion of the Kin video. We take sexting very seriously, & are sorry it happened.

I personally don’t think anyone cared about 2 seconds of ad about yet another Microsoft scheme to let it bother them.  A commenter  on the story sums it up quite nicely:

I’ve been watching the journey videos, but hadn’t seen this. How microsoft can be so stupid (lame attempt at cool and over-reacting by re-editing)….

So is this further example of how out of touch Microsoft is? or what about how hideously unpopular the Microsoft brand name is with users damning Microsoft regardless?  Microsoft sounded upbeat about the whole incident by saying:

We have received feedback that one of the Kin lifestyle videos has a scene that did not come across in the spirit it was intended.

A kin lifestyle?  What a horrible thought.  I wonder what that exactly entails?  What “spirit” was it intended Microsoft?  Could it be that you thought it would be funny, but yet again as you saw with your unfunny shoe adverts, the joke sort of turned on you?  Im surprised though that anyone paid Microsoft’s latest scheme enough interest to notice.

Should we remind ourselves of other Microsoft schemes? one of my favorites had to be the vomit inducing Windows 7 Party ads and whilst the originals were sickening, this user edit was far better.  I’m not sure the Safer Online Team would approve.


[1] Yes, believe it or Microsoft does have a Safer Online Team (which we will be covering later) one has to wonder that in the face of all the exploits and security holes reported on Windows that maybe this particular Microsoft team uses Linux?  – We will explore this in a different article – Microsoft and online safety? Its bound to be a hoot!

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

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Zune Twitter app – watch what you say!

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Are you interested in the Zune? This "new" logo is one persons interpretation. Please see end of article for source of image.

There are reports that Microsoft is having issues with another handheld devices app.  This time it being ZuneHD and its Twitter application and before we go any further lets cast our minds back to new year 2009 when Zune was reported to have had an unfortunate incident with a “bug” reportedly causing it to freeze.

If recent reports are correct then Zune’s Twitter application is censoring explicit words without giving its users the option to turn off the feature and thus giving Zune attention once again as we approach the new year.

Lets hope that Ballmer doesn’t Tweet with Zune, since if the allegations about his behavior are correct then he doesn’t mind using a four letter word every now and then.  If you are interested in an allegation relating to Ballmers latest “outburst” then check out the article below and see what Ballmer has to say when you don’t get into the spirit of Bing.

I digress since this post is in relation to ZuneHD and whilst its failed (IMO) to achieve the popularity of Apples counterpart, its still a piece of tech that sits (somewhere) in the marketplace.   Microsoft have alleged to say on the subject:

The recently released Twitter for Zune HD application has been abbreviating some explicit words in tweets when viewed on the device. However, these explicit words do appear in their full text on the Twitter site or on any other Twitter client. We have identified the issue and are taking steps to update the application as soon as possible to ensure Twitter for Zune HD users are able to view tweets in their original state.

You can read more about this subject at http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/20919.cfm but for me is reinforcing that which I asked in the article here regarding Microsoft losing control of its projects.  If we look at the last few months alone we see allegations of GPL violations, code being “lifted” from other companies products, issues with an iPhone app and now this.  Is the wheel coming off the might Microsoft?  Have they “bitten off more than they can chew”?

For me I believe that Microsoft is fighting a battle on far too many fronts.  Whilst users rumbled about Vista and other Microsoft products in general, other companies took the opportunity to release some really great products and start building a loyal user base.  We see examples of this with Firefox eating away at IE (along with other browsers)  we see Apple going from strength to strength with its products and in addition we see Google showing Microsoft how search is done as well as making in-roads into other areas which once were almost the sole remit of Microsoft.

In my opinion Microsoft see’s itself in a battle with all these products.  Consumer choice is now commonplace in the PC market and even a reliable cash-cow like MS Office is, (IMO) being threatened by Open Office, Google Docs et al.  We are now in a world (IMO) where when a software product doesn’t live up to expectation theres plenty of choice to simply move on.  This can’t be good news for Microsoft (IMO) who once could almost guarantee that the majority of apps people running were theirs.

The logo in this article came from: http://forums.macnn.com/103/ipod-iphone-and-apple-tv/317449/the-one-only-microsoft-zune-thread/ and if the creator would like to name themselves in the comments section, I’d be more than happy to credit this original piece of work!

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com

Google Wave’s first Microsoft faithful attack?

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Ive been a user of the excellent Google Wave for some weeks now.  Ive written about how impressed I was even though its still in its development phase.  Whilst using the service, I wondered from day 1 how long it would be before the Microsoft faithful would start to take a dislike to the suggestion of alternatives to Microsoft products.  I didn’t have to wait long.

I was chatting in a Wave entitled “Do you like Windows 7?” which had been created by the user Jayant.  As the wave became more popular it became apparent that more people were voting “no” to a poll which asked the above question.  From memory the figures stood at approx 20 “yes” 9 “no” and 3 undecided.  Of course (IMO) the MS faithful cannot have anyone saying they don’t like Windows 7 (at least until Windows 8 is ready for sale) so the Wave was deleted by an unknown user.

The creator of the wave had this to say:

2 days before there were 34 people who voted here but one “idiot F***” deleted this wave…otherwise now it should have 67 voters. F*** that idiot.

As more of the Microsoft faithful discover Google Wave we can (IMO) expect more of this behaviour and perhaps highlights an issue which Google need to sort out quickly in respect of features, that being, only the creator of a wave can delete it and users own comments cannot be edited by any other user.  Its a shame that there are people that appear to be so frightened of an alternative to Microsoft that they have to engage in actions like this.  Its also a shame that I believe the creator of this wave actually is a Windows 7 user and now they too have had their first experience of the Microsoft faithful.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com