After rolling out an attack ad last month — crashing a wedding of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung fans — Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is throwing another punch.
The software giant’s new television commercial ruthlessly attacks Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPad.
A side-by-side comparison of an iPad with a Windows 8-powered ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet is peppered with a voiceover narrative mimicking Siri, Apple’s digital assistant.
“Sorry, I don’t update like that,” Siri says, highlighting Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s lack of automatic app updates — something that even Senator John McCain called out in questioning Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) CEO Tim Cook earlier this week.
The ad then goes on to take the iPad to task for its inability to multitask with a split screen while watching a video. Then comes the rub about the iPad being unable to run Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s PowerPoint.
“Should we just play Chopsticks?” Siri concludes with someone clumsily playing a virtual piano on the iPad.
It’s always been socially acceptable to roll out attack ads if you’re the underdog, and Microsoft certainly qualifies in the tablet space. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had no problem kicking Mr. Softy when the world’s largest software company was down, rolling out the “I’m a Mac” ads that repeatedly trashed Windows Vista.
The unique thing about Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s strategy is that it isn’t gunning for just one particular product. April’s ad skewered the iPhone cult, hoping to make a name for its partnership with Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) in putting out Lumia smartphones.
Now Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is taking aim at the iPad.
The Nokia Lumia ad was more about style than substance. It didn’t really sell the Lumia as much as it put down the iSheep and CopyBots carrying around iPhone and Samsung mobile products. There was no breakdown of Lumia-specific features that would woo a potential buyer to Nokia’s handset. This time the spot is spelling out specific reasons why a Windows 8 tablet is the better choice.
The effectiveness of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s attack ads remain to be seen. Clearly Microsoft sees Apple as vulnerable — something that investors have realized since the consumer tech giant’s stock peaked when the iPhone 5 hit the market. Will the market begin to attach negative feelings to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) products, or will viewers interpret the ad as more sour grapes on Microsoft’s behalf for missing out on the smartphone and tablet revolutions?
Either way, it’s good to at least see Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) hungry and attacking. Complacency isn’t a good look on an underdog.
The article Microsoft Slams Apple — Again originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Rick Munarriz.
Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Apple. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple and Microsoft.
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