Microsoft loves the PowerBook

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    How can you tell that is a PowerBook?
     
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    that is not a widescreen display and besides it looks too thin to be the pb
     
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    Not all Powerbooks have widescreens. 12" Powerbook anyone?

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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:
     
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    From the side on a poorly exposed photo, it's kind of hard to tell this apart from a Ti book...
     
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    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.
     
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    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.

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    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...
     
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    Mike Teezie

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    It doesn't look like a 15 to me, its too narrow.

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

    So in conclusion, that guy in a photo doesn't even work for Microsoft.
     
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    You'd think Microsoft would be more careful about posting photos of PowerBooks when talking about their latest and greatest technology, though.
     

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