Does Microsoft adore Apple's iPhoto?

Summary:Apple customers must cringe when Microsoft starts talking about Windows Vista -- after all many of the same "new" features have been available on Mac OS X for about five years.This week I stumbled across a very clever video that shows someone demonstrating Apple's iPhoto software, with a voiceover from a Microsoft presentation describing some very similar features in Windows Vista.

Apple customers must cringe when Microsoft starts talking about Windows Vista -- after all many of the same "new" features have been available on Mac OS X for about five years.

This week I stumbled across a very clever video that shows someone demonstrating Apple's iPhoto software, with a voiceover from a Microsoft presentation describing some very similar features in Windows Vista.

The words and pictures match extremely well and the speaker (Aaron Woodman) is made to look rather silly when he comes out with lines such as "Windows Vista delivers an entirely new experience" or "it's a great way to put consumers back in control ... and give them what they are looking for".

For example, Woodman gets very excited describing Vista's ability to keeps a copy of your original picture -- even if you have cropped it. He says: "We give you the confidence so that you can do what you want with your memories and never feel lost. It's a great way to put the consumer back in control of their PC".

Does iPhoto's "Revert to Original" tool ring a bell? It obviously did to the video makers, who have highlighted the option in one of the scenes.

Now we know that Microsoft is such a big fan of iPhoto, I would like to know what it thinks of Leopard -- the next version of Mac OS X -- which is due to launch later this year.

Apologies to all readers: It seems that the audio was from Bill Gates' keynote at CES 2007, but the person doing the 'virtual iPhoto' demonstration was actually Aaron Woodman, group product manager at Microsoft.

Topics: Apple, Government : AU, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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