Microsoft Android hatemongering #droidrage campaign backfires, brings on the #windowsrage

Microsoft Android hatemongering #droidrage campaign backfires, brings on the #windowsrage
Microsoft has chosen an interesting way to promote its Windows Phone platform. First it was Nokia bashing Android phone makers, and now Microsoft itself tried to start an Android riot by urging people to share their frustrations with Android under the #droidrage Twitter hashtag. The angrier your rant the bigger your chance to win a “get-well present.”

But with so many problems of its own, Microsoft’s campaign did what you’d expect - backfired big time. Microsoft’s official Windows Phone Twitter account started the hatemongering with tweets like "wait for your Android phone to get infected with malware" and "buy a Windows Phone and connect with people you care about instead of some hacker plotting in a dank basement."

Truth is malware is not really an issue on Android, so this is disingenuous at best from Microsoft. Google has introduced its security system even for third-party app stores in Android 4.2, and when it comes to Google Play, the catalog has been clean of malware for a long time.

In response to that, users on Twitter did the most obvious thing - create a #windowsrage hash tag. What’s funnier is that now it is trending on the microblogging platform.

Users were quick to point out Microsoft’s hypocrisy and bring back their memories of the Windows operating system and its huge history of malware. It seems like Microsoft would be better off if it focused on just improving its operating system before throwing stones at other, more mature ones.

source: Twitter

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58 Comments

1. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Once a big bowl of failure, always a big bowl of failure... at least when it comes to Microsoft No, im not a linux/mac fan, I use Windows 7 primarily (XP before, because Vista blew arse), even have a Windows 8 desktop (of course, using StartIsBack and nuking the ugly and horribly crippled MetroPOS UI, all of the OS enhancements and none of the horrid Metro UI!)

6. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Apple & MS just don't want open source to be their competitor.Because they are aware that open source has the potential to deliver more than closed source.

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I've always liked Windows 7. It's speedy, easy to use, lightweight, and EVERYTHING is compatible with it. You don't have to go to Linux support forums every time you want a program. One click. Download. Boom.

51. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

i think u need to see windows 8 speed. and its light. But metro UI make it worse. I test if for 3 days and back to windows 7

12. D.Aceveda

Posts: 421; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

This is amazing. I bet someone over at Microsoft's PR team is getting canned

26. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

this is article is one big bowl of failure

32. Aeires unregistered

Your comment is a big bowl of failure served from a stewpot of failure that was cooked in a kitchen of failure.

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

You'd think they would have learned after the whole "smoked by a Windows phone challenge (or whatever it was called)" fiasco, but apparently not.

10. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

#windowsrage .. what goes around comes around.. big FAIL for MS.. i am a WP fan, but this time is Droid time.. Shame on you MS

3. redmd

Posts: 1876; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

they should just improve WP 8 and its features instead.

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Have to agree with you. I don't see Google doing stuffs like this...they quietly update and improve their ecosystem. Being a fan of Windows...this here is just lame, stupendous, baseless, thoughtless...i can go on. I don't mind a fair battle, but this is just a cheap shot, getting Newton's law right back. Real mature of you Microsoft, real mature.

29. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Really well said

39. lumia920

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Nathan .....agreed

47. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The mobile OS war is starting sound like the Obama vs Romney Campaign....

4. kdealltheway

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

Goes to show that this is still young market, such childish behaviour...

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

At first I liked Microsoft, but now theyre just trolling for attention. Bill Gates needs to step in. The morons running his company are about to ruin it.

7. MeoCao unregistered

Haha, I love it. Let the rage burn those who want to play with fire. Let Ballmer feel the heat.

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

BRING GATES BACK!

11. angelesmec unregistered

Nice try..That's what you get! Before critizing other, look at your own first.

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

"Truth is malware is not really an issue on Android"... And this is after a favoring Android piece by Ray S., which at least was not delusional. There's bias, then there's "you don't know what the eff you are talking about" Victor H you are somewhere even below that.

53. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Strong assertion. Back it up. Show me the everyday users who are infected with malware. Most who sideload apps know what they are doing, and won't have many issues. The average person is downloading apps from Google Play, which is quite clean. The few malware apps on the Play Store are probably pretty tough to find anyway.

14. kevkyle

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

so low......windows ;-( - windows 8 doesn't need to throw trash at rival os ....it's goddam slick and smooth', )

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I said this would happen back when they ran this campaign the first time. Nice to see karma smack these bitches right in the gob. So long as they keep up with bulls**t like Droidrage, I'm going to keep away from Windows Phone 8 and avoid promoting it to customers. If Microsoft wants to try to gain customers at the expense of disingenuous fear mongering, I'm going to give a little back to them.

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Spot on, pal. Now just want WP8 to fail even harder that WP7.. they deserve it, both for their half assed effort, and this kind of attitude.

16. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1194; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

This is anyway expected...

17. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Lol, "more mature one". Than why does my droid tablet crash every now and then and my lumia doesnt?

20. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Because your Lumia OS has less capacity than some feature phone OS'? Let's just see how Microsoft stacks up with Google when they implement all the android features in WP. Oh and because you use a crappy tablet? How come my S3 NEVER crashes? How about a pile of Lumia 920 crash reports?

25. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

m8 having a shi.load of useless features doesnt make a os mature. its a dual core 1.6 ghz 1gb ram tablet, i think windows 8 would run perfectly on it, not to mention wp. and you must have a special s3, the display unit in local tmob store crashed the same moment i opened the browser. so i was like fu.k no! all in all i like using my android tablet but its anything but not a mature os.

28. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

How much space W8 takes up? How much space WRT takes up? Android is a much smaller software package, yet packed with features. Again, let's see when M$ makes something like that and then we'll talk

30. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Bam there goes dinamite

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