Video: Three New Linux Microsoft Ads Go Live

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After the announcement from Microsoft declaring the Gates/Seinfeld ads dead, the Redmond giant has moved to “Phase Two” with the launch of three new commercials (below). The ads feature a repetitive, ambiguous slogan which is quite infectious, but sure to grow old very quickly.

The “I’m a PC” repetitiveness is curious as it is not operating system specific, and the ads feature people that would more likely be Linux PC users. The graffiti artist and the musicians fighting corporate control, the data center employees requiring a stable OS and the kids from poorer regions using computers from the One Laptop Per Child program.

Does Microsoft not consider Linux to be a threat? I’d like to see someone replace the closing Vista splash-screens with a Linux logo and upload them to YouTube. Any takers? I’d totally post them here.

The star of the videos, Sean Siler, can be contacted through his on-screen email address which has an auto-responder set up. You can try emailing him at [email protected], or read below for the auto-response.

Hello! I’m a PC – and I can’t answer your email right now. I’d like to say that I’m out climbing Mt. Rainier or biking across Europe with the Swedish Beach Volleyball Team, but in fact I’m probably just chained to a desk somewhere in the depths of Redmond pounding out product specifications.

Now that I have been in a commercial, Microsoft has given me access to super-secret “BillyG” level of executive resources. That’s right – I have my own email auto-responder!

This, as you have probably surmised, is my pre-prepared auto-response (All natural, no filler. No animals were harmed in the making of this response. Except for a ferret.) I really would like to have answered you myself, but if I did, (a) I’d probably get no work done, and (b) then I’d get fired, and (c) then I’d have no chance of doing any more of those really awesome commercials.

So let me try to prognosticate a few of your questions and answer a few of them.

Why did they put you on TV?
I think it’s my devastating good-looks and animal magnetism. No, really – there’s a ferret stuck to my leg right now.

But really – you aren’t even an actor!
No I’m not. But I play one on TV. I really am a Microsoft Program Manager. I work on IPv6, and other things that you haven’t heard of.

How did you get selected?
I auditioned along with a couple of hundred others. I guess I looked very Engineery. And the ferret probably helped.

Are you interested in more acting?
Oh no, I think that Engineering is MUCH more fun.

What’s with Windows Vista?
You’ve been watching those commercials again, haven’t you? Windows Vista rocks. Listen to real users, not actors.

-The Real PC, Sean Siler

Video 1, Video 2 and Video 3.
Via: TechCrunch

Comments (3 Responses):

i’m a pc and i run GNU/Linux.

i’m a pc and there is no microsoft intellectual property on my pc.

i’m a pc and i have no fear of e-mail attachments with GNU/Linux.

i’m a pc and i do not have anti-virus software running on my GNU/Linux.

I want those 123 seconds back.

Mark, bet you’re glad they’re shorter than last week’s 4:30 ad.

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