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WindUp is Microsoft's Snapchat clone, now available on the Windows Phone store

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WindUp is Microsoft's Snapchat clone, now available on the Windows Phone store
With Snapchat's valuation now in the billions of dollars, multiple companies in the tech industry have felt that they want in on the fun. Facebook did it, with Slingshot, and so did Instagram, with Bolt. Now, it's Microsoft's turn.

Enter WindUp -- a Snapchat-like ephemeral messaging app published by Microsoft Research on the Windows Phone store. Like Snapchat, WindUp allows you to send your friends pictures and videos that can be set to last a given amount of time, and you can even send sound recordings, which feels more like an attempt to be at least a little different from Snapchat, even though it's not a bad idea.

But that's life for the team behind Snapchat -- after rejecting a lucrative acquisition offer from Facebook, the company's been under siege right left and center. Whether competitors will actually manage to chip away at Snapchat's appeal as easily as its exclusivity, specifically with teens, remains to be seen, however.

source: Windows Phone store via TheNextWeb

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posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:22 1

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3785; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Sounds like an NSA project name to me.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:26 9

2. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Dude do you just sit on phoneArena all day and wait for a Microsoft article to troll on ? Get a life dude ! There are more things out there than just trolling MS and their products.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:30 2

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3785; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


So do you think "WindUp" sounds like a NSA project name?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:32 4

4. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


Yes, I use a WP, a Lumia 520. But my primary phone is an S4. So I'm not any shill you see in daily life, or in your mirror.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 02:35 2

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3785; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


So do you think "WindUp" sounds like a NSA project name?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 18:31

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Like you do on BB articles. .....

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 05:23 2

8. AlikMalix (Posts: 1017; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Sounds like an NSA project name to me, because.....? Please elaborate...

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 04:55

6. AlikMalix (Posts: 1017; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Windows Phone is seemingly a good device in my mind. It provides a different approach if you're just not satisfied with iOS or Android. But this App deficiency is something that's keeping me away. I enjoy games and WP lacks many of which are available on both iOS and Android.

They have these clones, as I see it. Do they work with real apps? For example will this WindUp app work with SnapChap App, so if I had WindUp and want to send my wife who has SnapChat - will I be able to?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 04:58 6

7. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2058; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Dude, WP has a third party SnapChat app called 6Snap. WindUp is Microsoft's answer to SnapChat. Its NOT a SnapChat client, its an alternative.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 18:28

13. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Fake Immation wannabe app

Majority of the apps on Wp store are knock offs and fake.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:08

9. o7o (Posts: 62; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


As stated in the article, it's not a clone as in a non-official Snapchat client, it's much like Slingshot and Bolt, a standalone app, which happens to have similar functionality as Snapchat.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 07:23 1

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 2117; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


6snap, you can send snapchats to your wife. Or you know, send a selfie to her in normal messaging...unless you pay for mms

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 11:52 1

11. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 863; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


So this is only for WP users? Great it'll have a total of 50 people using it between each other.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 17:29

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3562; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I don't get your point.. Can you please explain?

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 19:06 1

15. colinkiama (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Nov 2013)


50 million people actually.

posted on 15 Aug 2014, 20:53

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


5000 more like…..

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