NEW YORK (
) -- Something huge was missing from
Steve Jobs' earnings call harangue
When Jobs upstaged
record financial performance story Monday to share some thoughts that have been weighing on his mind, he failed to mention the "evil empire" of Redmond, Wash.
several minutes Jobs tore into
all the major demons out there that apparently threaten his company's greatness like the "avalanche" of 7-inch tablets, the stumbling BlackBerry shop
Research In Motion
and the fragmentation of
Coming from the beloved Apple chief -- who called out competitors by name -- the words had a piercing sting. But perhaps none was more hurt than Microsoft.
Maybe it was out of spite, maybe it was a strange show of respect, but the real upshot was that Microsoft didn't make the cut as a key Apple rival.
How could Jobs not include his long-time nemesis in the club? Why didn't he see fit to toss a barb at Microsoft, so Steve Ballmer could join
Android's Andy Rubin
RIM's Jim Balsillie
with a nifty little reply?
Make no mistake. This is a cruel slight by Jobs.
Microsoft has to be reeling at this point. How could it not register in Jobs' mind? Didn't Microsoft just host a splashy New York
debut party for its Window phone 7
software last week? The advertising campaign for Windows Phone 7 is expected to be $100 million, but that doesn't buy even a mention in Jobs' tirade?
chief Mark Zuckerberg got a much bigger bang for his public relations buck when he pledged $100 million to the Newark, N.J. school system.
The first Microsoft Windows 7 phones hit the market next month, and somewhere in that vast marketing colossus, they have to be livid that there's no Jobs venom to endorse the effort.
--Written by Scott Moritz in New York.
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