Quoted: Microsoft vs. Apple, for the umpteenth time

“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.”

Frank Shaw, the outspoken Microsoft vice president of communications, after Apple this week announced it would make some software and operating system updates available for free. As mentioned by the Mercury News’ Mr. Biz Break, analysts see the move as a challenge to Microsoft’s model of charging for upgrades to its software and operating system.

Shaw isn’t the only one with the fighting words. Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly said Tuesday at the company’s iPad unveiling: “Our competition is confused. They’re turning tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they’re going to do next?”

Meanwhile, while Microsoft’s earnings beat expectations Thursday and it broke out figures for sales of its Surface tablets for the first time — they doubled from the previous quarter. But the company also saw a 7 percent drop in consumer licensing and devices revenue, or sales from Windows and Windows Phone, as it deals with a slowing PC market and as it lags in smartphone market share.


Photo of Microsoft logo from Reuters archives


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  • retiredinboyntonbeach

    And the value of the integral of this function within these limit parameters is — ?????

    I. e., what’s the author’s point?

  • Fruitfan

    It’s not hard to double sales of the Surface since sales were so bad to begin with. Microsoft is confused..they make a low end product with a high end price and the iPad Air is going to make it even harder for Mr. Softy to get market share

    • Alex

      Like all of Apple’s other “pads” … it is nothing more than a larger iPhone. Apple does great marketing, but their iPad product line is not innovative by any stretch; it actually quite stale.

  • John Bing

    Not just that, Following its acquisition of Nokia, Microsoft also expects to increase its share in the smartphone market to 15% by 2018, but this quarter (1QFY14) Microsoft beat analyst expectations due to strong growth in its enterprise segment, and commendable performance in its consumer segments. considering the facts from (h tt p:// goo.gl/eAWmpJ), i personally feel investing in microsoft will benefit in the longer term.