Microsoft Nukes Apple

I was using Google’s map service which includes a slick satellite imaging technology. For example, the picture below shows the image of the Apple campus at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. You can see the trees as well as all the various buildings that make up the corporate headquarters.

Apple Campus via Google

Microsoft considers Google a competitive threat. Which means that anything Google can do, Microsoft can do better (eventually). And therefore Microsoft introduced a new virtual earth website to compete with Google. I took a look and in horror I discovered that Microsoft had also unleashed another secret weapon: the infamous demolish the competition raygun. Not only can Microsoft take pictures of the earth and digitize them but Microsoft can also vaporize buildings from space. As you can see in the picture below Microsoft wiped out the 11 buildings that make up the Apple campus. Not only that, they vaporized all of the trees as well.

Apple Campus via Microsoft

Heartless. Cold. Those poor trees.

3 replies
  1. Wes Groleau
    Wes Groleau says:

    Is that Apple headquarters only three years old?

    Or is Microsoft actually unable to obtain recent images?

    Or is Microsoft able to obtain decent images but chose not to in this case?

    Shoud I start to suspect ulterior motives when Google Maps does a major address screwup? (They claim there is a furniture store right in the middle of the river a half mile from me.)

    I was at a Microsoft-sponsored event recently and asked one of their guys how to get somewhere in that city. He pulled up their map thingy and tried for quite a while to make it work. Then looked around guiltily, said “Don’t tell anyone I used the G-word” and went to 🙂


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