Apple’s Tim Cook gives Windows 8 the middle finger

Glad to see that all the success hasn’t gone to Tim Cook’s head.

This Tuesday at a conference, Apple’s CEO came out with all guns blazing at took a massive swipe at Windows 8.

His words:

“[With Windows 8, Microsoft] is pulling all of the leg weight of the PC market,” Mr. Cook said. “You wind up with something that’s very similar to what tablets were ten years ago. The more you look at combining the tablet and the PC, the more the baggage from the past affects the product. If you force them together, the tablet and PC can’t be as good as they can be.”


“In my view, the tablet and the PC are different,” he added. “You can do things with the tablet if you are not encumbered by the legacy of the PC. Products are about trade-offs and you have to make tough decisions. You have to choose.” With Microsoft’s approach for Windows 8, he said, “the PC isn’t as good as it can be, nor is the tablet.”

He has some good points.

It is curious because this marks the second time that he has come out blasting Windows 8.

The first was when he said:

“you can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are not going to be pleasing to the user.”

It’s interesting that he is so publicly disparaging about Windows 8. He’s the CEO of Apple with a stock price of above $600 a share. It just seems a little petty and unnecessary.

However, it is perfectly in the spirit of Steve Jobs. That’s the type of stuff Steve would have said.

Time will tell if Mr. Cook is right.

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