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Microsoft Pulls Apple-Bashing iPhone 5 Video

Microsoft pulled a series of tongue-in-cheek Apple-bashing videos this week after a backlash from online viewers.

One of the videos, posted last week, depicts two overeager Apple designers pitching the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Design Chief Jony Ive. In the video, the Apple designers poke fun at the plastic casing of the iPhone 5C and the new gold iPhone 5S model. One even sneaks in a jab at Apple's long-rumored "iWatch" being sent back to the R&D labs. The video shows Cook and Ive from behind, so their faces aren't seen. But, some YouTube viewers felt the Cook depiction was in poor taste because it bears a strong resemblance to the late Steve Jobs.

Microsoft isn't saying why it pulled the video, but a spokesperson told CRN it was meant to be a joke. "The video was intended to be a lighthearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we’ve decided to pull it down," a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email.