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Microsoft "takes back" PC character, new ads soon

updated 10:40 pm EDT, Wed September 17, 2008

Microsoft takes back PC

Microsoft has unveiled the next phase of its mysterious multi-stage $300 million advertising campaign, opting to embrace the PC character, played by John Hodges in Apple's ads. The New York Times reports that advertising giant Crispin Porter & Bogusky is soon rolling out the new ads, which Microsoft hopes will allow them to redefine the PC's 'personality'. Microsoft cries foul on Apple's presumptuousness, claiming the ads speak on behalf of the Redmond-based Windows maker, misconstruing what its intentions are with its products.

In the advertisement with the Hodgeman-like PC character, he announces himself similarly. "Hello, I'm a PC, and I've been made into a stereotype," he announces, hoping to denounce the words that Microsoft alleges Apple has stuffed into his mouth.

In addition to taking back the PC image, other ads show real users expressing their pride and satisfaction with using Microsoft products in their work. They will feature scientists, teachers, designers, and even shark hunters, as well as over 60 Microsoft employees, shown with their name and email addresses. This even includes Bill Gates himself.

Others still will feature celebrities like Eva Longoria, Deepak Chopra, and Pharrell Williams. Jerry Seinfeld will not make a third appearance in this stage of the campaign, but it is uncertain whether he will remain absent in the future.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Ted L. Nancy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Aren't celebrities famous? Who is Deepak Chopra?

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just sad...

    They're out of ideas and desperate.

  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969


    nothing original - Again

    "A Hodgeman-like PC character..."

    Hey, he IS just like Windows - another copy of something that Apple has done.

  1. Rezzz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Leave it to Ballmer to approve an ad campaign with this level of immaturity. $300 million? On top of it, they're getting taken for a ride..

  1. Hillbilly Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    so very

    derivative much?
    It's typecasting, I tell you: Windows stealing another Apple product.

  1. afaby

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well, if a celebrity says something, it must be true!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Now people CHOOSE

    Windows. Of course, only because of MS's monopolistic practices, for which they were convicted and plead out, are they in the dominant position.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Hello, I'm a PC, and I've been made into a stereotype."Are you kidding me?And if that picture up top is really him, this could be hilarious.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "Hello, I'm a PC, and I've been made into a stereotype."

    Are you kidding me?

    And if that picture up top is really him, this could be hilarious.

  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Life without walls...

    leads to viruses, spyware and malicious attacks on... Windows. Now I see why they are using that tagline.

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