“A Microsoft exec blasted rival Apple Inc. on Wednesday, calling the company’s apps ‘struggling’ and ‘lightweight,'” Benjamin Pimentel reports for Microsoft.

“Frank Shaw, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for communications, also argued that Microsoft’s tablets were better than Apple’s new iPads,” Pimentel reports. “Reacting to news that Apple was dropping its fees for its iWork suite of apps, Shaw said in a blog post, ‘Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it’s hardly that surprising or significant a move.'”

“He also downplayed Apple’s rollout of new iPad devices, saying Microsoft’s 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,'” Pimentel reports. “‘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,’ he wrote. ‘I think they, like others, are waking up to the fact that we’ve built a better solution for people everywhere, who are getting things done from anywhere, and who don’t have hard lines between their personal and professional lives. People who want a single, simple, affordable device with the power and flexibility to enhance and support their whole day. :-)'”

MacDailyNews Take: The delusion is strong with this one. He’s a perfect fit at beleaguered Microsoft.

Pimentel reports, “He did not discuss Apple’s surprising move to make its new Mac operating system known as ‘Mavericks’ available free of charge.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What about free operating systems, insipid corporate mouthpiece?

Hello? What’s the matter, cat surf break got your tongue?

Hey, shouldn’t you be out combing the circus for your next CEO?

And, oh, yes, we do love the smell of fear in the evening!

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