updated 06:35 pm EST, Thu February 4, 2010
MS PR says effect more important than problems
Microsoft corporate communications head Frank Shaw has quickly rejected former VP Dick Brass' assertions that the company is no longer innovative by citing examples of what Shaw views as success. The PR leader believes Microsoft should be seen by its "broad impact" and notes that, in spite of ClearType's delays, it's now on more than a billion PCs. Scale is more important than speed, he argues.
He sidesteps concerns about Office executives refusing to alter the main interface but does add that the OneNote memo taking app was designed for the Tablet PC platform.
The Xbox 360 is treated as a superior console for its early support of HD and social networking, although Shaw here also avoids touching on the actual point of contention, Microsoft's sales performance. Nintendo's Wii has regularly outsold the Xbox 360 since it launched a year later, in 2006. The Xbox's upcoming Project Natal is considered innovative but is widely regarded as a belated, if potentially superior, response to the Wii's inclusion of motion control from the outset.
No mention was made of plans to address qualms with Windows Mobile or the Zune, although the phone platform should be improved at Mobile World Congress this month.