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Microsoft's Vice President of Communications Frank Shaw wasn't too impressed with Apple's decision to offer free software.
He starts off, "Seems like the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) typically generated by an Apple event has extended beyond Cupertino." Shaw then comments that Microsoft's Surface and Surface 2 tablets both already "include Office, the world's most popular, most powerful productivity software for free and are priced below both the iPad 2 and iPad Air, respectively."
Daily Tech notes that while their Surface tablets might come with Office, most Windows 8.1 tablets don't.
According to CNN he continued onward, focusing on iWork. "Now, since iWork has never gotten much traction, and was already priced like an afterthought, it's hardly that surprising or significant a move," Shaw wrote. "So, 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."
While Shaw touted the Surface line of tablets, CNN notes, that they have struggled to compete against the iPad. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that since being first introduced in 2010, 170 million iPads have been sold and have an 81 percent control of the tablet market.
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