Predictably, the Apple blogboyz had multiple litters of kittens. Computerworld blogger Seth Weintraub details at length what a craptop Lauren ended up getting, noting its slow processor, abysmal screen, 2.5-hour battery life, ancient networking tech, and 8-pound bulk.
Macworld's Aayush Anya says, essentially, "we're rubber and you're glue":
Microsoft's backhand shot at "coolness" is just trying to reinforce the view that Mac users are simply stuck-up snobs who pay too much attention to such mundane things as how good a computer looks — but I think it might just come across as an admission of inferiority to the casual observer.
Venturebeat's MG Siegler notes that Apple probably wouldn't want Lauren as a customer in any case. It doesn't do low end, and it doesn't need to sell a gazillion machines “with comfortable keyboards” to make a profit.
So, Microsoft, if this is the message you're pushing -- that your prospective customers "aren't cool enough" to own a Mac, what does this make your users? Losers?
Still, I think Apple should hire “Lauren” – she is an actress after all – and show us how much she likes her cheap Windows PC after a month or two. Maybe shoot some footage of her wrestling with Vista or dealing with tech support. Let's see how spunky and adorable she is then.
Remember, this is just the first commercial. There may be nine more just like it. So brace yourselves – we could be in for a bumpy few weeks.
Are you not cool enough for Macs? Are Windows machines for luzers? Is anyone else besides me tired of this endless debate? Post your thoughts below or e-mail me: cringe (at) infoworld (dot) com.