Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s President for Windows and Windows Live, believes that Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8 and the hardware designed to run this OS offers much better value then comparable products from Apple. Those are fighting words by Sinofsky, but obviously his beliefs.
Sinofsky, who has held his current position with the Redmond company since 2009, mentioned that for $279, Microsoft customers are able to get a Windows 8 notebook. Now, this isn’t some barebones computer or a netbook, but it’s a good computer, one that he believes should last a student through a degree program. Sinofsky went on to contrast Microsoft with Apple by saying that for $279, you are getting a complete Windows 8 computer while for $329, you’d only be getting a “recreational” tablet. Although Sinofsky didn’t call out Apple by name, he was clearly referring to the iPad Mini which was announced last week.
Windows 8 went on sale on Friday, October 26th and it’s clear that Microsoft has a big challenge in front of them. Not only do they have to have an OS that will offer similar functionality to that found on the iPad and the Mac, but it must also meet the day to day needs of hundreds of millions of computers that are found in home and business settings.