Microsoft Moves Away From Seinfeld Ads After Two Teasers

‘What do you know? Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), apparently stung by criticism over its latest Bill Gates-Jerry Seinfeld ad campaign, is now ditching the comedian, reports Valleywag and later confirmed by the company. The official line: the campaign is moving into its “second phase”, and Seinfeld may be used “to do other things” (webisodes?). Very funny…

Update: The company is really moving away from the teasers, no joke. It is embracing the “I’m a PC” stereotype that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has mocked so successfully over the last two years. The strategy uses the Apple attack as the basis for a counterstrike, says NYT. Gates makes a cameo appearance in the second phase, along with celebrities like actress Eva Longoria, author Deepak Chopra and singer Pharrell Williams. And yes, no Seinfeld.

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