YOU KNOW things are bad when a Microsoft executive compares the Iphone 4 to the company's much maligned Windows Vista operating system.
Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, the Vole's COO Kevin Turner roasted the faulty smartphone recently released by the cappuccino company. Turner reassured the audience that Windows Phone 7 devices will be useable without users having to worry about how they hold the phones. Of course that's assuming consumers will actually buy Windows Phone 7 devices in the first place.
Then Turner compared Apple's Iphone 4 to Microsoft's unloved operating system, Windows Vista, saying, "It looks like the Iphone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." We're not quite sure what particular aspect of Vista Turner was referring to, but given the fact that the vast majority of Windows XP users didn't bother to upgrade to it, we can assume that he didn't mean the comparison to be a favourable one.
Apple has come under growing pressure to do something substantial in order to fix its mobile phone that doesn't make calls all that well. Instead of actually addressing the fundamental problem, the flogger of shiny gadgets has recommended that users shell out even more cash and purchase a plastic wrap-around to hide one of the device's flaws.
Since it's launch the Iphone 4 has amassed more faults than the mid-Atlantic ridge. While Apple decides whether or not to bother fixing them, its users are left to convalesce from open wallet surgery.
Now Apple has suffered the ignominy of its latest product having been compared to what is generally regarded as one of the worst operating systems ever to come out of a company that is known for making less than great software. µ