Posts Tagged ‘ gates ’

Bush Administration Reviews Its Afghanistan Policy, Exposing Points of Contention

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: United States

The most ambitious of the assessments, run by the White House, begins in earnest this week with a series of high-level meetings, administration officials said. Officials have been directed to produce detailed recommendations within about two weeks for President Bush’s most senior advisers on a broad range of security, counterterrorism, political and development issues.



Microsoft goes straight for the Apple ads

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

After experimenting with ads featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates, Microsoft has now decided to go straight for the Jobsular with its next set of ads for Windows. Directly targeting Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC’ series of ads, Microsoft’s new adverts are all introduced by a man who looks like John Hodgman (the PC in the Mac ads).



Microsoft: No more Seinfeld ads

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Microsoft’s version of the story: Redmond had always planned to drop Seinfeld. The awkward reality: The ads only reminded us how out of touch with consumers Microsoft is — and that Bill Gates’s company has millions of dollars to waste on hiring a has-been funnyman to keep him company.



Microsoft cleans its Windows

Sep 12th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

When Microsoft unveiled Vista in January last year it was plagued by frequent crashes, compatibility problems with both software and hardware, missing features and sluggish performance (as much as 20 per cent slower than Windows XP). But despite Microsoft fixing many of the issues through software patches, Vista is still regarded by many as a faulty operating system, which sparked the need for Microsoft’s $US300 million ad campaign.



‘Bizarre’ Microsoft ad misses mark

Sep 7th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Reactions to the television advertisement, which barely mentioned Microsoft, were mostly negative, and focused on the failure to promote the company’s Vista operating system as a better alternative to increasingly popular alternatives from Apple. However, Microsoft said the public debate over the ad signalled its success.



Seinfeld to star in Windows Vista ad campaign

Aug 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

The attempted image overhaul comes in the wake of Apple’s “Mac vs. PC” ads featuring a geeky PC guy who vaguely resembles Bill Gates being unable to keep up with a better-looking, hip Mac counterpart. Those ads, painting Windows as stodgy and unreliable, have reinforced criticism about Vista’s performance, stringent hardware requirements and lack of support for other software and devices such as printers.