On Tuesday Apple announced that they would give away iWork free and iLife for free on all new Macs, they also announced that the latest version of their Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks would be free to everyone with a Mac from 2007 onwards.
It looks like the free iWorks announcement from Apple may have ruffled a few feathers at Microsoft, as Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Communications Frank Shaw, has published an article called ‘Apples and Oranges’.
In the article Shaw has called Apple’s iWork ‘watered down productivity apps’, he also said that iWork has never gotten much traction, and said that it was not a very significant move by Apple.
In that spirit, Apple announced yesterday that they were dropping their fees on their “iWork” suite of apps. Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it’s hardly that surprising or significant a move. And it doesn’t change the fact that it’s much harder to get work done on a device that lacks precision input and a desktop for true side-by-side multitasking.
He then went on to talk about the new Microsoft Surface 2 and the iPad Air, and how much better the new Surface 2 was than Apple’s tablet.
I think a good measure of which device is the better of the two will be sales numbers, Microsoft has struggled with their first Surface tablet, the device has not been anywhere near as popular as the iPad or Android tablets.
Source Apple Insider
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