Well, in a way this was sort of expected. According to Valleywag – Microsoft (MSFT) apparently faced with criticism has decided to pull its TV ads, featuring comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates, aimed at helping the Redmond-based co. polish the tarnished brand of its Windows Vista OS.
Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw confirmed today the software giant is not going on with Seinfeld, but said the end of the Seinfeld ads was planned well in advance. What wasn’t planned probably, was a head-scratcher of a commercial played by Seinfeld who reportedly received $10 million just for flexing a pair of new shoes. During the entire spot between him and Gates there was no mention of Vista. How people can make the connection between a pair of shoes and an operating system is beyond me. Microsoft is expected to announce the second phase of their $300 million marketing campaign, sometime tomorrow.
Update: NYT reports Microsoft’s campaign will begin Thursday and will carry the theme Windows. Microsoft plans to take direct aim at Apple’s “Get a Mac” ads in which John Hodgman plays “PC” opposite Justin Long as “Mac”.