View Full Version : Microsoft loves the PowerBook

Aug 12, 2003, 09:52 PM
just saw this over at PowerPage.org.



Aug 12, 2003, 10:41 PM
How can you tell that is a PowerBook?

Aug 12, 2003, 10:46 PM
that is not a widescreen display and besides it looks too thin to be the pb

Aug 12, 2003, 10:53 PM
Not all Powerbooks have widescreens. 12" Powerbook anyone?


Powerbook G5
Aug 12, 2003, 11:06 PM
A couple of months back Microsoft got called out by using a Ti PowerBook on their main page to talk about how great wireless networking is with their Windows technology...but it's hard to tell with that picture, it could also be a Gateway...at certain angles at a distance, the new Gateway laptops can look like PowerBooks until you look closer and see the cheap plastic. My roommate had one, it even had a metal painted look to it with blackish keys.

Aug 12, 2003, 11:07 PM
Originally posted by tazo
that is not a widescreen display and besides it looks too thin to be the pb
I think it's a 12 inch because there isn't much room between the keyboard and the sides of the laptop, but what do it know. And it looks to me like a perfectly normal thin-ness to be a AlBook.

Aug 12, 2003, 11:19 PM
hhmmm... it is hard to tell. i think it's the perspective messing with it. and the fact that the photo is a bit over-exposed.

if anyone thinks this could be a PC laptop, could you post some links? i never knew there were PC laptops like this out there! :eek:

Powerbook G5
Aug 12, 2003, 11:44 PM
From the side on a poorly exposed photo, it's kind of hard to tell this apart from a Ti book...

Aug 12, 2003, 11:57 PM
If you look at the top level of keys you can see that it is much thinner than the rest of the keys. Definitely not the Gateway in the picture that was posted. I think its a TiBook.

Aug 12, 2003, 11:59 PM
If you look closely at the image, you'll see the intake ports on the side and the security port. The machine doesn't look right, because of the angle and the lighting.

Aso you can obviously see the inverted T arrow keys o the powerbood.


Powerbook G5
Aug 13, 2003, 12:18 AM
I don't know, it's hard for me to really see the detail because the picture is so overly exposed. Perhaps Microsoft has finished reverse engineering the TiBook and now trying to put it to use by being their new sexy model for photo shoots...

Mike Teezie
Aug 13, 2003, 12:36 AM
It doesn't look like a 15 to me, its too narrow.

If it was a 12 incher the keyboard would be silver.

Aug 13, 2003, 12:39 AM
Originally posted by Mike Teezie
It doesn't look like a 15 to me, its too narrow.

If it was a 12 incher the keyboard would be silver.

yeah, i was just thinking it wasn't 'deep' enough to be a 15". Maybe they've deliberately altered the photo to the way it is so no one wouldn've know?

Aug 13, 2003, 10:19 AM
It's also possible that this is simply a prop -- not a computer at all, but a plastic mock-up of a laptop. Lots of stuff that photographers use in stock shots aren't the real thing, but they look real enough to survive the limited scrutiny of the ad.

Aug 13, 2003, 10:33 AM
there's a company that clones apple laptops to x86 machines - their 15"er is pretty sweet looking. can't remember who/where though - a friend of mine has one - i'll ask him when he comes online.

Aug 13, 2003, 12:23 PM
After a real close look at it in photoshop, i would have to say it is a powerbook. The image has been rotated and stretched a little and has, of course, been cut out, because we don't see what the laptop is sitting on.

Jesus on OSX
Aug 13, 2003, 01:08 PM
Let me be the first one to say that it _is_ most probably a powerbook.

BUT, Microsoft does not produce stock photos for their websites. They hire 3rd party companies who have mountains to stock imagery from Corel, Comstock, Photodisc/Corbis, etc.

These companies are heavy mac users, and you're likely to search for "laptop" and get an overwhelming number of powerbooks and ibooks in results.

None of the pictures you see on MS site are their own. Those are all photo models.

There was a huge debacle a year ago when Microsoft tried to mimick the "Switch" campaign on their site (unrelated), and after slashdot readers took the whole thing apart, it turned out that the person in the switch pages was actually a stock model that never probably even knew what her likeness was being used for. The page was pulled, but the public has learned that none of them are actually affiliated with Microsoft.

Here's the story (http://slashdot.org/articles/02/10/15/0044255.shtml?tid=109)

So in conclusion, that guy in a photo doesn't even work for Microsoft.

Powerbook G5
Aug 13, 2003, 01:24 PM
You'd think Microsoft would be more careful about posting photos of PowerBooks when talking about their latest and greatest technology, though.