Microsoft mocks Apple iPad Pro, calls it a ‘companion device’

Now, Microsoft has now come out with a statement which calls the iPad Pro as little more than a companion device.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: January 19, 2016 11:17 am
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Microsoft was one of the initial partners during the Apple iPad Pro launch. The company took to the stage alongside Apple’s Phil Schiller to demonstrate it’s Office productivity tool undermining the fact that iPad Pro is direct competitor to Surface Pro range of devices. But the bonhomie has not lasted long.

Now, Microsoft thinks the iPad Pro is little more than a companion device. Dan Laycock, asenior communications manager for Surface at Microsoft, used CES 2016 to take it out on the iPad Pro, saying it was nothing more than a companion device, unlike the Surface Pro which was more of a computer in the true sense.

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According to Forbes, he said that while Surface Pro 4 can handle desktop class applications like Adobe Premiere, on the Apple iPad Pro there is only a lite version called Adobe Fix. Microsoft says the Surface Pro is a full PC while iPad Pro isn’t a computer. Laycock suggested that while Apple made a stylus called Pencil for the iPad Pro, developers are yet to take great advantage of it.

Read: Microsoft Surface Pro 4 finally arrives in India at a starting price of Rs 89,990

“At one point in time, Apple declared that if there’s a stylus, that’s failure. We’re a huge believer in the pen; we know our customers love it. So to see Apple do something that feels a little bit similar, that is clearly skewed for a bigger screen, and more productivity built in, and the ability to use a pen.  We don’t see it as a one-to-one comparison, because this is a full PC, you’re running full apps,” he was quoted as saying.

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In India, both these devices will be selling at the same time and competing with each other. Watch this space for more.

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    brahminuts
    Jan 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm
    I am very sure that the statement by MS- India was well thought out by a lickspittle cl head of MS-India who, instead of projecting the features of MS products opted to project its compeor in a lower light. Only a rawly appointed low life lickspittle can come up with such ideas. Especially for brutal disinformation!
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      Daniel Choi
      Jan 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm
      Microsoft's comment is absolutely right. The iPad Pro is not a fully equipped computer system like the Surface is. At best it is a companion device (at worst it is a big toy). The iPad Pro has no extended display capabilities, has no mouse or cursor support, has no ability to run professional desktop apps (ironically, Microsoft's software is the best professional app the iPad Pro has), has no expandability, has no USB ports... how can such a limited device ever be considered a laptop replacement or a professional device? My Surface Pro 4 can do ALL of these things and more. It's comical to even consider these two devices within the same category since the Surface Pro is so overwhelmingly superior to the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is a mistake. If Apple wants to enter the 2-in-1 market they should adapt the Macbook Pro, NOT the iPad. Give the Macbook a touchscreen and make it detachable (like the Surface Book) and you'd have a far more competent 2-in-1 device. The iPad Pro is Apple's version of the Surface RT and will suffer the same fate. Maybe then Apple will do the right thing and develop an OS X tablet.
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          Surendran Nambiath
          Jan 17, 2016 at 3:41 pm
          Well, the same CEO and his team developed Office for iPad Pro. Unfortunately, they can't equip the iPad Pro with a Full OS and the ability to run Desktop Apps, can they??
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            Surendran Nambiath
            Jan 19, 2016 at 10:42 am
            What a pity... Do get your Surface replaced/ repaired ASAP!!
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              Surendran Nambiath
              Jan 17, 2016 at 10:13 am
              Well, isn't it absolutely correct?? Mere ability to run Office doesn't make a device Production-capable! And, with half an OS (as against a full Desktop OS on the Surface Book and Surface Pros), what part is an exaggeration??
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