Is Microsoft Faking Their Advertising Pictures?


I was recently going through some of my trade magazines and I noticed something strange in Microsoft’s new Exchange advertisement pictures.
 
In InformationWeek’s December 11, 2006 issue, Microsoft’s ad just inside the front cover has what appears to be a two page wide picture of a city scene with many business people in the foreground.
 
In InfoWorld’s December 4, 2006 issue, the Microsoft ad just inside the front cover at first seemed to be the same picture except that it seemed odd.  It only took me a moment to realize the what bothered me was the buildings in the background were the same on both pictures.
 
That was odd enough, then I noticed that the three people on the left side picture were the same as the three people on the right side, but in slightly different positions.  Ok, but the really odd part was the other people in the picture were ‘exactly’ the same as the people in the Information Week picture.  Their arms and legs and general position were exactly the same in both pictures, but with a different background and different foreground people.  Furthermore, the spacing between these background people were slightly different, some even relative to each other.
 
So, the picture is totally fake.  They probably took the pictures of the city buildings separately and the people separately and then cut and paste the entire scene together.  I would not be surprised if the city scape was not even a real city but a cut and paste of different cities.
 
Hmmm.
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