Microsoft Lets Rip At Apple

Microsoft’s Vice president for Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, has let rip at Apple in his blog over the latter’s iWork software that comes standard with the latest iPad. It appears Shaw has taken umbrage at Apple spruiking the software as being free when in his opinion it wasn’t that great of a deal in the first place anyway.

By Mike Wheeler

Microsoft’s Vice president for Corporate Communications, Frank Shaw, has let rip at Apple in his blog over the latter’s iWork software that comes standard with the latest iPad.

It appears Shaw has taken umbrage at Apple spruiking the software as being free when in his opinion it wasn’t that great of a deal in the first place anyway.  

In the blog he said “So, when I see Apple drop the price of their struggling, lightweight productivity apps, I don’t see a shot across our bow, I see an attempt to play catch up.”

Unsurprisingly he also takes aim at Apple’s iPad and lists why the Surface and Surface 2 – in his opinion – are superior products due to not only the software, but the ability of his tablets to outperform the iPad in many varied ways.

“And so it’s not surprising that we see other folks now talking about how much “work” you can get done on [Apple’s] devices,” he said. “Adding watered down productivity apps. Bolting on aftermarket input devices. All in an effort to convince people that their entertainment devices are really work machines… it’s much harder to get work done on a device that lacks precision input and a desktop for true side-by-side multitasking.

“But you wouldn’t know that from reading some of the coverage I’ve read today. Perhaps attendees at Apple’s event were required to work on iOS devices that don’t allow them to have two windows open for side-by-side comparisons…”

With the struggles that the Surface has been having to get traction in the marketplace – especially the ill-fated Surface RT – it’s not surprising that Shaw is coming across as defensive. But he does make some interesting points. However, that being said, the iPad is, and will continue to be, one of the most popular tablets on the market and Microsoft will face an uphill battle trying to change that stat.

 

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