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Old Oct 23, 2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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Microsoft Bashes Apple's iWork Software, New iPads




Microsoft's corporate vice president of communications, Frank Shaw, today took to the Official Microsoft Blog to denounce both Apple's revamped iWork software and the company's well-received decision to distribute it as a free upgrade for existing users.

"Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino," writes Shaw, before launching into a long-winded rant that positions the Surface and the Surface 2 as better productivity devices, insinuating that Apple doesn't understand productivity.

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That's what Surface is. A single, simple, affordable device that helps you both lean in and kick back. Let's be clear - helping folks kill time on a tablet is relatively easy. Give them books, music, videos and games, and they'll figure out the rest. Pretty much all tablets do that.

But helping people be productive on a tablet is a little trickier. It takes an understanding of how people actually work, how they get things done, and how to best support the way they do things already.

The good news is that Microsoft understands how people work better than anyone else on the planet.
Shaw goes on to suggest that since iWork has never "gotten much traction", Apple's decision to provide both free upgrades and free software to new users was insignificant as it was "already priced like an afterthought" and it's difficult to work on a device that "lacks precision input and a desktop for true side-by-side multitasking." He also offers several bullet points that highlight the iPad's shortcomings, following up with a statement that Microsoft has "built a better solution for people everywhere."
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- The Surface and Surface 2 are less expensive than the iPad 2 and iPad Air respectively, and yet offer more storage, both onboard and in the cloud.
- ... come with full versions of Office 2013, including Outlook, not non-standard, non-cross-platform, imitation apps that can't share docs with the rest of the world.
- ... offer additional native productivity enhancing capabilities like kickstands, USB ports, SD card slots and multiple keyboard options.
- ... include interfaces for opening multiple windows, either side by side or layered to fit the way most people actually work.
Shaw's anti-iWork comments follow Apple's own jabs at Microsoft, where Tim Cook took to the stage to question Apple's competitors.
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"Our competition is different. They're confused. They chased after netbooks, now they're trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows that they'll do next? I can't answer that question, but I can tell you that we're focused."
Over the course of 2013, Microsoft has unsuccessfully attempted to position its Surface tablets as ideal productivity tools, continually highlighting the iPad's inability to run multiple apps at once, its lack of accessories, its high price, and of course, its less popular productivity software.

Following a series of price cuts, Microsoft revealed that its Surface lineup had earned just $853 million for the company, less than the $900 million writedown the company took for the Surface RT. Nevertheless, Microsoft forged ahead to release a second Surface tablet, announcing the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro in September.

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Old Oct 23, 2013, 04:00 PM   #2
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 04:01 PM   #3
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 04:01 PM   #4
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That’s what Surface is. A single
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affordable device
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 04:01 PM   #6
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"The good news is that Microsoft understands how people work better than anyone else on the planet."

HAHAHAHAHA WHAT! They can't be serious.
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The good news is that Microsoft understands how people work better than anyone else on the planet.
Which is why Windows 8 has been such a major success...
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Why not just ignore Apple and make something better? This is weird coming from the software giant that charges $200 for their software package. This package that costs $70ish from Apple shouldn't be in their league.

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Surface is a small laptop that comes apart.
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 04:03 PM   #11
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I'm okay with MS bashing Apple. Every time they do, Apple comes out the winner in the end.
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Old Oct 23, 2013, 04:03 PM   #12
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Windows 8 sucks. Everyone knows it.

The Surface hasn't sold well at all, to the point of having the price slashed. Everyone knows it.

The iPad experience is better. Everyone knows it. Sales prove it.

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Not a fan of the surface at all, but many features of Pages was destroyed in this update. Not ready for professional use like it used to be (seems like the FCP X thing all over again).
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Microsoft's blog sounds like it was written by some disgruntled MacRumours forum members...
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Oh the surface, that tablet that I have seen......NOWHERE!

(Literally)

(Seriously, not even in the shops here!)
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Does Frank Shaw work under Mark Penn? I heard Penn was the one behind the anti iPad ads. Penn came from Washington DC so he knows all about mudslinging.
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Apple's decision to provide both free upgrades and free software to new users was insignificant as it was "already priced like an afterthought"
Don't you get it guys? Software is only good if it's expensive
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if i would want a device to be really productive with keyboard and a mouse pointer input id buy a laptop and not a tablet ... thats what MS is not getting
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I think the market has decided that the iPad has the most value--as opposed to the Surface which has tanked. Microsoft needs to learn how to lead and not copy Apple and Google--then complain when they don't get it right.
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MS can bash Apple all they want, they will never sell as much devices as Apple, even in dream
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