Does Microsoft adore Apple's iPhoto?

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.

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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

Munir Kotadia

About Munir Kotadia

Munir first became involved with online publishing in 1998 when he joined ZDNet UK and later moved into print publishing as Chief Reporter for IT Week, part of ZDNet UK, a weekly trade newspaper targeted at Enterprise IT managers. He later moved back into online publishing as Senior News Reporter for ZDNet UK.

Munir was recognised as Australia's Best Technology Columnist at the 5th Annual Sun Microsystems IT Journalism Awards 2007. In the previous year he was named Best News Journalist at the Consensus IT Writers Awards.

He no longer uses his Commodore 64.

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  • Bill Gates loves iPhoto

    Was that supposed to sound even remotely like Bill Gates?
    anonymous
  • Bill Gates loves iPhoto

    Was that supposed to sound even remotely like Bill Gates?
    anonymous
  • That isn't Bill Gate's voice

    FYI, that is not Bill Gate's talking. It is some other Microsoft employee presenting.

    Also, AFAIK, iPhoto doesn't integrate videos.
    anonymous
  • Bill Gates

    Bill Gates isn't the one speaking here. It is just a presenter. Please check your sources before posting.
    anonymous
  • iPhoto does integrate video

    iPhoto does integrate video. If you take a video using your camera and you import, it will pull in and when viewing with your photos you get the player controls to watch it right in iPhoto. Vista is a rip in every way, which is fine, not like Vista shouldn't have these features. But to try and continously play them off as some kind of innovation that computer users haven't had before, give me a break. These things have been out for years on Mac, YEARS!
    anonymous
  • iPhoto & 'Bill Gates'

    Yeah, you call yourself a tech blogger but you don't even know Bill Gates voice? It is a geeky voice on the voiceover but Bill can't process info or speak even half that fast. It's obviously a Microsoft employee's voice. It frustrates me when people like you get paid to know this basic stuff but you're pretty clueless.
    anonymous
  • iPhoto & 'Bill Gates'

    Yeah, you call yourself a tech blogger but you don't even know Bill Gates voice? It is a geeky voice on the voiceover but Bill can't process info or speak even half that fast. It's obviously a Microsoft employee's voice. It frustrates me when people like you get paid to know this basic stuff but you're pretty clueless.
    anonymous
  • iPhoto & 'Bill Gates'

    Yeah, you call yourself a tech blogger but you don't even know Bill Gates voice? It is a geeky voice on the voiceover but Bill can't process info or speak even half that fast. It's obviously a Microsoft employee's voice. It frustrates me when people like you Munir, get paid to know this basic stuff but you're pretty clueless. And then you share your 'insider knowledge' with people that know more than you. You're a SENIOR tech Journalist? Ouch. Sorry Munir, you gotta be on top of this stuff. You just lost all credibility for me.
    anonymous
  • Apologies - it was Aaron Woodman, not Bill Gates

    It seems the audio was from Bill Gates' keynote at CES, but the person doing the 'virtual iPhoto' demonstration was actually Aaron Woodman, group product manager at Microsoft and not Bill Gates. I have updated the story and headline to reflect this.
    anonymous
  • funny

    I find it funny how people are quick to shoot on someones credibility about getting the voice of a video wrong, instead of shooting on the credibility that microsoft is hanging off apple's 'private parts' now.
    anonymous
  • funny

    oh... i forgot to mention there will be a bunch of garbage postings now in regards that M$ still holds a bunch of marketshare, yada yada yada.

    Please.
    anonymous
  • Like it? NOT!

    Gee what a load of rubbish, even got the 'voice over' wrong fan boy! The Mac myth gets gigger every year, but its still a myth.... the world still runs on MS and it looks as if Vista is breaking all records... don't choke Mac fan girls!
    anonymous
  • It's not the first time for "new features"

    I feel a sense of Deja Vu. Microsoft did this in Network OS space when they espoused "new features" that administrators had been begging for for years, which other Network OS providers were providing as standard "out of the box"
    anonymous
  • Vista a success? That's funny

    "it looks as if Vista is breaking all records"

    Where are you getting this info? By all accounts Vista is a huge failure. Dell is now offering XP again (and Linux) because of such an outcry from consumers. The mac is selling well above the industry average for increase in sales. The pundits thought that everyone would kill the mac when Vista was released but that didn't happen. The sales figures don't match this claim of success especially when you take into account how MS had to inflate the numbers for Vista to make it appear more copies were sold than what actually were. They counted several months of sales as one to make it look like a huge success. The fact of the matter is that Vista isn't living up to expectations and many people are calling it ME2.
    anonymous
  • Vista is rubbish that...

    Vista is rubbish that requires mainframe power to run.
    Vista = (Empty wallet) + (DRM "big brother") + (increase in hardware manufacturing costs) + (MS has the ability to uninstall anything on 'their' OS they want) + (serious upgrade in PC hardware required)

    I could go on and on. IT is meant to make things simpler, faster and smaller - not the case with $MS bloatware. Not a good equation. Do your maths before making statements like that pal.
    anonymous
  • Seriousily

    this whole they copied us is getting old fast EVERYONE in the industry does this: Linux, Mac, MS, Google, AOL, Yahoo, they all do it because users want these features but do not want to buy a mac. Its called choice because if we didn't have choice we would only have one product that might or might not work well. Again no one complains about the smaller people only the big guy. These features are innovative for the windows user who is happy with MS and doesn't wish to move to another OS. A lot of ideas from mac came from linux its a neverending cycle its called staying competitive. This is the equivilant of gm putting a cd player in the car while toyota has a tape deck still but then toyota decides it needs to add a cd player and tape deck. Does that mean they copied them? No, they listened to what their users were requesting


    Iphoto = Picasa
    Ms Office = Open Office
    Adobe = Fox it
    System Restore = Time Machine

    Funny how no one says anything about Linux using the same type of gui and looking more windows like but since its free its ok.

    But no one says anything as those two are smaller and free.

    Comparing Vista to ME makes no sense as Vista is quite stable its issue is hardware and software makers sat on their hands and still haven't released suitable drivers for a vast amount of products.

    To the idiot about DRM its called support as it does nothing to your existing files or anything you download and if you want to be able to view the content mac and linux will surely follow suit as they don't want to alienate their customer base.
    anonymous
  • You dont read - Do you?

    Record Profits For Microsoft Because of New Windows Operating System Vista
    http://www.bestsyndication.com/?q=042907_microsoft.htm

    Or Google news it! Numnut!

    http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&ned=us&q=vista

    VISTA ROCKS!!!!!!
    anonymous