Is this elaborate Common Core push just Bill Gates showing the finger to Steve Jobs?

In an article titled “How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution” (June 2014) Lyndsey Layton wrote the following:

“In February, Microsoft announced that it was joining Pearson, the world’s largest educational publisher, to load Pearson’s Common Core classroom materials on Microsoft’s tablet, the Surface. That product allows Microsoft to compete for school district spending with Apple, whose iPad is the dominant tablet in classrooms.”

Apology for the delay on the conference update – like many others, I’m overwhelmed by the sheer weight & volume of information to sort through.