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The idea that Microsoft would ditch its own OS for the key underlying technology that powers Apple’s flagship operating system came to me in a most auspicious e-mail from a dear friend of mine, Dr. Arnold E. Handy, a well-regarded professor of gynecology, who wrote me convinced the process had already begun.

Microsoft Switch Ad CampaignThe idea that Microsoft would ditch its own OS for the key underlying technology that powers Apple’s flagship operating system came to me in a most auspicious e-mail from a dear friend of mine, Dr. Arnold E. Handy, a well-regarded professor of gynecology who wrote me convinced the process had already begun. After laughing my head off for a solid 5 minutes and barely catching my breath I finally whimpered “Dude, you’re outta of your f—in’ mind”.

I’ve since slept on it and mulled over various coincidences. I’m now convinced he’s unequivocally right. Handy made the following 4 observations:

- The first was that the Microsoft Switch ad campaign was over. Despite desperate measures to get consumers to switch, nobody did.

- Microsoft is obviously tired of getting hurt by Open Source as evidenced by its half-decade-long steadily declining market share. Rather than fight the wave of innovation and dependable computing, it’s now ready to embrace it.

- OS X is based on BSD. Microsoft’s original TCP/IP stack included many components coming from open-source BSD code.

- Microsoft has been getting a lot of help from Apple to facilitate the migration.

I rest my case.

Props to Nick for the Googling, and his perspective.

Update: See also this Funny Cartoon by Joy of Tech. (tip: Rob )

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  1. hahahhaa! Nice one. Made my day :)

  2. matt: glad to :D

  3. *gasp!* It’s gonna happen! I read it in a slashdot comment! Those are always true!

  4. Hahahaha, great post.

  5. Chris,

    Dr. Arnold E. Handy, a well-regarded professor of gynecology who wrote me convinced the process had already begun.

    Chris you’re a dork! Hilarious post!

  6. singermornings Friday, February 17, 2006

    lol

    :-D

  7. Patrick: why yes i am, thank you :)

  8. So did you guys actually remember microsoft’s bogus “switch” web page which i referenced heavily above? It was entirely written from a first-person point of view, recounting a lady’s switching experience.

    The picture I posted in insert was the picture of the supposed switching-lady. Hours after it was slashdotted, people dug out that very same picture from a stock picture web site, and started posting links to that very picture from the stock pics site.

    It was quickly figured out that microsoft’s “switch” story was 100% made-up.

    Soon after their scam was uncovered, microsoft pulled-out the web page. But many of us had saved the original from the Google cache, or the site itself.

    Unlike Dvorak, I did back-up my claims with copious linkage ;)

    Ergo … this is all true! HAR!

  9. Yes, yes i do remember that short lived campaign. I wonder how many people switched because of it…

  10. I’d venture a bold guess …

    0?

    I’m not sure i’m personally acquainted to someone who’s actually switched to windows, from Mac.

    The other funny thing about that “switch story” is it doesn’t do an effective job of telling you why you would want to switch, but seems to rather focus on how you would switch if you wanted to.

    The few “why” arguments they had in there felt insanely flimsy. And i really was trying to believe her … “it”.

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