It Gets Worse

September 24, 2008  |  Branding

Ok, this couldn't have been in Microsoft's game plan...The Microsoft/Seinfeld/CP+B saga continues with new claims that someone uncovered proof that the new ad campaign was created on a Mac! Here's the scoop, courtesy of Roughly Drafted Magazine:

Flickr user LuisDS found that metadata on the creative copy of the “stereotyped PC user” and other photos appearing on Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” website revealed that they were produced using Macs running Adobe Creative Suite 3. One might expect that Microsoft would use Windows PCs running its own Microsoft Expression Studio software, which as the company advertises, “takes your creative possibilities to a new level.” Apparently, neither Windows PCs nor Expression Studio are up to the task of taking on Apple and destroying its globe enshrouding “Get a Mac” campaign. The image of John Hodgman as a troubled PC struggling with Vista-related problems has pushed Microsoft to defend itself with a $300 million campaign to take control of the “conversation about Windows,” using Macs as needed to get the message produced. When LuisDS checked on the photos again this morning after publishing the metadata details on Flickr last night, he found that Microsoft has scrubbed the revealing details from the work, an effort that also resulted in the 272 KB photo ballooning to 852 KB.

Yikes. PR nightmare anyone? It certainly doesn't help to reinforce the authenticity of the message Microsoft is trying to convey.