Microsoft exec: Apple’s iPad is ‘humorous’

“It’s an understatement to say that Apple’s iPad generated a lot of chatter when it was announced on Wednesday; the scuttlebutt actually slowed down the Internet. Even Microsoft couldn’t help but weigh in, criticizing the iPad for being a ‘locked down device,'” David Worthington reports for Technologizer.

“‘It is a humorous world in how Microsoft is much more open than Apple,’ Brandon Watson, the director of product management in the developer platform at Microsoft, told me in an interview yesterday,” Worthington reports. “With Microsoft’s platforms, developers can build whatever they want, and target a broad array of devices using the same skill set, he added.”

“Watson claimed that many developers of applications for the iPhone OS–which the iPad uses–are not making money,” Worthington reports. “Developing applications for the iPhone and iPad is expensive, he said, because iPhone OS uses the Objective C language rather than Microsoft’s more pervasive .NET platform. And Apple’s control over the platform has alienated some people that make software for its products, he said.”

“Microsoft’s criticism misses the target altogether. What Apple has envisioned with the iPad isn’t a traditional PC–it’s more of an appliance… The iPad isn’t a PC,” Worthington explains. “I’ve gone on trips to Boston and Washington DC over the past several weekends, and spend hours riding Amtrak and on Wi-Fi-enabled busses. I didn’t bring a laptop with me, because I didn’t want to lug one around, and didn’t really need to have a full fledged computer with me. My iPhone provided me with entertainment along the way. Truth be told, I would rather have had an iPad with me to surf the Web, listen to music, watch movies and read. If the price comes down even further, Apple’s got a winner.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft bleats like a lamb being led to slaughter.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Irakli C.” for the heads up.]

60 Comments

  1. “”With Microsoft’s platforms, developers can build whatever they want, and target a broad array of devices using the same skill set, he added.””

    Including hacks, viruses, trojans etc etc…

  2. Tablet PC’s don’t work, because tablets are not meant to be Pc’s. This is why they’ve failed for the last 10 years. This is what Microsoft fails to see.

  3. “With Microsoft’s platforms, developers can build whatever they want, and target a broad array of devices using the same skill set, he added.”

    Yeah, well if that’s such an advantage why hasn’t there been a Microsoft-partnered product to capture the world’s attention like the iPod, iPhone, and iPad?

  4. I think this is a great device for people who really will use it. Unfortunately for people like me who need a real computer on them it seems like a toy at this point.

    Having no use replacable battery Seems very non-green to me. I find the interface boring. With all these minds at apple I assume they will be updating the UI. But if the evolution of the OS X UI is any guage it may take years!

  5. .Net (aka Microsoft proprietary C# ) is a vulnerable mess of a programing language. Objective C is a standard C programing language and is the Root of C++.
    Which is easier to work with if you’re a C++ Programer?
    The answer is Objective C.

  6. Sitting in a sinking ship is scary Brandon, but there are life jackets out there. It’s called Apple (iPhone, iTouch, iPad), beg to get Bing on the new land instead.

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