Remember Microsoft's Laptop Hunter TVC series? Those ads that seem to directly attack Apple laptops, hinting that those are underpowered and way overpriced?
Well, it looks like Apple has finally decided to do something about it.
Here's the story, courtesy of Kevin Turner, Microsoft's Chief Operating Officer:
And so we've been running these PC value ads. Just giving people saying, hey, what are you looking to spend? "Oh, I'm looking to spend less than $1,000." Well we'll give you $1,000. Go in and look and see what you can buy. And they come out and they just show them. Those are completely unscripted commercials.
And you know why I know they're working? Because two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, hey -- this is a true story -- saying, "Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices." They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call in the history that I've ever taken in business. (Applause.)
I did cartwheels down the hallway. At first I said, "Is this a joke? Who are you?" Not understanding what an opportunity. And so we're just going to keep running them and running them and running them.
Single greatest phone call, eh? Cartwheels down the hallway?
I guess that's saying a lot about what Microsoft thinks about Apple. :)