Watch the Harsh Anti-iPhone Ad That Microsoft Pulled

'A Fly on the Wall in Cupertino' Was 'Off the Mark,' Microsoft Concedes

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On Friday, Microsoft posted a video on YouTube -- apparently part of a series of pro-Windows Phone, anti-iPhone parodies -- titled "A fly on the wall in Cupertino." If you try to view it now, though, you'll see an error message: "This video is private. Sorry about that." Why? Basically, negative social-media feedback, with plenty of folks complaining that the video, which suggests that innovation is dead at Apple, is in bad taste -- or at least insufficiently funny.

Microsoft has since issued a statement saying, "The video was intended to be a light-hearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we've decided to pull it down." The internet being the internet, though, copies of the parody clip are still floating around -- indeed, proliferating. And wouldn't you know it? We have one right here:

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Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" media columnist for Advertising Age. Follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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