Microsoft Exec Says iPhone 4 Is Apple's Vista

A Microsoft executive has compared the iPhone 4 to the company's own disastrous Windows Vista operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Microsoft’s chief operating officer Kevin Turner, while addressing the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Redmond, Washington, suggested that criticisms aimed at Apple's iPhone 4 are similar to those aimed at Microsoft’s Vista when it was launched in 2007.

Turner said: “It looks like that iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm OK with that. I actually read that headline last week and I just sort of had to smile after I did cartwheels, again.”

He highlighted the iPhone's antenna issues, using the opportunity to publicise Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Windows Phone 7.

“You’re going to be able to use a Windows Phone 7 and not have to worry about how you’re holding it to make a phone call,” he said.

Turner acknowledged that the development of Windows Phone 7 had taken too long, and that Microsoft has been losing its smartphone market share. He responded by saying that the launch of the new phone would put the company back “in the game in a big way”.