Dell and Microsoft have hit out at Apple with heads from both companies launching scathing attacks on the market leading iPad tablet.
Widely responsible for reinvigorating the consumer tablet market and sparking a trend that has seen nearly all major tech manufacturers join the bandwagon, Apple’s iPad has faced fierce criticism from competitors who have yet failed to match the Apple device.
Speaking at the CIO conference in Sydney, Dell’s Global Head of Marketing for Large Enterprises and Public Organisations, Andy Lark, let fly at the fruity tech company and it’s iPad device declaring: “I couldn’t be happier that Apple has created a market and built up enthusiasm but longer term, open, capable and affordable will win, not closed, high price and proprietary.”
He added: “[Apple has] done a really nice job, they’ve got a great product, but the challenge they’ve got is that already Android is outpacing them.” Concluding with a sharp tongue: “Apple is great if you’ve got a lot of money and live on an island. It’s not so great if you have to exist in a diverse, open, connected enterprise; simple things become quite complex.”
Joining the Apple attack mix, Microsoft’s Global Chief Research and Strategy Office, Craig Mundie reportedly said he did not know if tablets such as the iPad will “remain with us or not.”