Microsoft launches “Windows vs. iPad” website

windowsipadMicrosoft, in an attempt to draw some attention away from the rise of Android tablets and towards its new tablet-centric operating system, Windows 8, has launched a new “Windows vs. iPad” website. Yes, that is actually the name of the webpage, Windows vs. iPad. So not only does Microsoft feel the need to start a website talking about how Windows 8 compares to other tablets, it feels the need to compare it solely to the iPad. On this site, you can compare the iPad to the ASUS VivoTab Smart, Dell XPS 10, HP ENVY x2, or Microsoft’s own Surface RT. It goes through the list of usual spec differences: thickness, battery life, weight, screen size, etc.

Of course, the iPad does actually beat many of the tablets in a few of the different categories, but then there are the ones like ‘Which supports Office?’ and of course, that isn’t available on iPad. Personally, this seems like a very sad attempt at Microsoft’s answer to the old Mac vs. PC commercial advertisements. At least those had humor, this is just a boring ol’ website that not many people will ever find. Oh well, to each their own. You can see the site here: Windows vs. iPad.

What do you think? Would you have ever found this? Think Microsoft needs to focus in other areas? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.

 

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  • MooseMonkey

    It seems to me the only people excited about Microsoft’s offerings in the tablet arena, RT or otherwise, are tech-addicts hoping to transfer their full PC experience to a tablet experience. When Jobs and Co. described a ‘post-PC’ world, they weren’t simply talking about the physical format. They had a vision of a different way of interacting with our devices; a way that was far more personal and intuitive. That did not include trying to squeeze multiple programs (apps, whatever) onto a small screen in an attempt to do everything the way you always did. Most I’ve talked to who have tried Surface or any other Windows tablet have said that, in spite of the touch-based advances of the Metro environment, the wonky scaling of applications in the tablet format makes things very difficult and counterintuitive. People like the iPad (and regardless of how I may feel about them personally, Android tablets) because they can enjoy picking up and touching and interacting with a surprisingly powerful computing device, rather than being ‘chained’ to a desk – an interesting way of doing things that the laptop computer never could really accomplish, portability aside. The option is always there for connecting to a wireless keyboard and adding a stand/case should one need to do a bit more ‘productive’ work (writing longer articles, working with worksheets, etc.). When I am writing, and I’ve talked to many other writers who seem to agree, it’s actually very nice to have the absolute focus. Regarding Microsoft’s stance on multitasking, I can’t imagine why any iPad user wouldn’t know by now they can simply place their fingers on the thing and swipe left or right to access whatever the other app is they need. It seems to me Microsoft wants to tout advantages that are only really advantages in the PC realm. And, considering how relieved I am to crank up my iMac after working all day on a PC weighed down with antivirus, malware, and spyware protection programs, I’m not sure what those advantages in their favor really are.

  • KyleFrost

    @MooseMonkey This is very well said. You have a great point, with which I fully agree; tablet and PC experiences are not the same, and shouldn’t be treated as such.

  • MooseMonkey

    @KyleFrost Thanks, man. I figure if Apple had intended to move the PC experience to a tablet, they would have loaded the iPad with OS X. The irony in all the back-and-forth regarding the future of tablets is the arguments that iPad is too simplistic oversimplify Apple’s vision for tablets – to utilize a computer in an entirely new way, leaving a small amount of wiggle room in the form of peripherals to adjust to that transition.