Microsoft: iPhone 4 is Apple’s Vista

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Apple has long been a thorn in Microsoft’s side, using the much-maligned Vista to sell Macs. Now, the software giant is pushing back as Apple attempts to respond to the iPhone 4 troubles.

“It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I’m OK with that,” Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told the software maker’s WorldWide Partners Conference. Apple has scheduled a Friday news conference, an occasion many believe will be used to seriously discuss the iPhone 4’s much-publicized antenna problems.

The comment would have earlier appeared that of a bully pushing the little kids around, but now as the Wall Street Journal writes, “it sounds like a company trying to play catch-up.” Along with Apple, the Microsoft executive also cast aspersions at Google, telling the crowd Microsoft won’t “read your email and invade your privacy. We’re not soliciting vans to drive your neighborhood and spy on you, snoop your WiFi.”

Although Turner admitted developing its Windows phone had “taken too long” – and that smartphones in general was a “lowlight” for Microsoft, the executive promised its unreleased smartphone will put the Redmond, Wash. company “in the game in a big way.”

[Wall Street Journal]