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

58. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol...both a failure to their parts!

52. larrylawr

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

I never see microsoft adding any new functionality to their OS ever! The ribbon interface for windows explorer, the new taskmanager, and the fast boot up should all be available as a service pack for windows 7. Google would do it. MS won't! Always gotta pay with MS!

54. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

You're talking about two completely different business models. MS makes money from software. Google makes theirs from advertising. MS needs to sell a new version of Windows every 5-7 years to turn a profit. Google turns profits by getting you to invest in their ecosystem (google,gmail, etc) so they can advertise to you.

50. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Windows mobile was a power to run android and linux ... they could have modified same to tails or what ever ... but thay did a closed os and they are really closed .... just my pov ;-)

41. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Is it me, or is the phone industry starting to look like the political arena?

36. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

windowsrage makes no sense.. windows headache is a better term... again... if you use xp your opinion is irrelevant

57. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Do you develop software? If not I think you saying someone's opinion is relevant or not based on one's OS preference is irrelevant. And juvenile. Even if you dont write software saying that is irrevelant and juvinile. Some ppl wrote software for XP and might not have the time, money and resources to make sure it runs just as good on Vista, 7 or 8. Maybe makers of older hardware havent got the time, money or resources to make drivers for Vista, 7 or 8. Some businesses might not need to upgrade to Vista, 7 or 8. They might not be connected to the internet, be in a very secure environment so they dont have to worry about bugs, security issues in XP. If you think technology is one size fits all...your opinion is irrelevant. You might as well be an iPhone fanboy thinking like that.

35. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

I expect Android (Chrome + Android) to be released officialy for desktop. This is the right time for Google to release Android for desktop. If that happens, M$ will be in real trouble...

48. coraphise

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

You're probably right when it comes to using machines in an office environment, accept for a couple things: 1. Microsoft has been around so damn long it's become engrained in people's minds. Apple comes shortly after that. 2. Games - no matter what you think, right now most games are geared for Windows Operating systems. If more people become willing to try alternatives, we have a better shot at seeing better products from all companies. Regardless, bashing your competition was the wrong way to go Microsoft. :(

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I am a fan of their desktop OS's, running Win 7 now. About to be done with XP. They really need to worry about making their own products better instead of the trash talking

21. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1227; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

LOL!!!! Hahahahaha!!! :'D The best part is Google and the other OEMs havent even bothered to even try responding, they know their Androids will sell regardless, while MS and Nokia continue to struggle. This #Droidrage campaign was bound to backfire, im just suprised it happened so quickly,great work Microsoft! :)

33. SleepingOz unregistered

"When you can't beat them, trashtalk them!" Whinning butthurt loser's moto..

18. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

So what do android fanboys do ?? Respond with something that has absolutely nothing to do with Windows Phone 8. Yeah, real clever guys (lmfao...)

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

At least Android folks are coming with more truth than MS. How can they respond about Windows 8? It hasn't been out long enough.

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

34. SleepingOz unregistered

You nailed it, dude! haha

38. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

What does the size of the os have to do with this? Fact of the matter is that android is unstable on 99% devices and wp is not, and neither is w8. And dont kid yourselves w8 crushes android in features but thats not my point. Wp is not a perfect os but android isnt either, not by a long shot... haters gunna hate..

40. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

You are missing the point.. windows 8 wouldn't even fit in your tablet haha. And it would be a battery hog that would require an Intel processor. I'm not saying android is perfect, just that everything has it's pros and cons. There's a reason why WP tends to be smoother and why android tends to be less stable. The point is, you can't have the cake and eat it, and it's really not fair to bash android based on comparison with a completely different, far less flexible product. Even bashing it based on your personal experience seems off .. because my experience with android has been really fine for two years now. Yeah I lied about the crashes on my S3! It crashed ONCE in three months. And yeah, a lot of users apparently reported problems with WP8. So? Let's just be objective here

43. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Windows 8 crushes android in features? Bitch please? Also where you get that there are no issues on windows 8 ? And where is that 99% static comes from your behind?

46. coraphise

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

I love all the comments... and I was just planning to read through, but your comment intrigues me. Android is unstable on 99% of devices? I don't know if that's true or not, but do you know where I see unstable Android? Virtually every damn phone, BECAUSE carriers and manufacturers feel the need to introduce crap that doesn't need to be there. Sure, they mean to "enhance" the phone, but they usually fail. I've had a Droid for the past few years, and I don't care what contracts or agreements say, I will root every droid I have and install a custom ROM. Once that's done, assuming the ROM isn't some sort of beta still and I don't mod it myself, no issues whatsoever. All because the people that make that ROM give enough of a crap to make sure it runs right. I've had 3 Windows Phones too (yay work!) and I haven't had issues with any of them; I know that's not always the case though. The difference is that if I do have an issue with a Windows phone, I have to return it to the carrier for a replacement or buy a new one, because I have yet to find information on unlocking my Windows Phone without paying Microsoft to be a developer.

56. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"Fact of the matter is that android is unstable on 99% devices" Thats the cue for everyone to not take this guy serious.... He must mean 99% of devices running Android 1.6...Android and the hardware has gotten better over the years.

31. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

What useless features you talk about dude?

37. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Face unlock, voice commands, live wallpapers, need i go on?

42. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why is face unlock useless? Is faster than a password and cool..... Live wallpapers are fun, you ever seen them? You just jealous, voice commands? Are you serious dude? Then why MS has is own set of voice commands then? Voice is the future deal with it You are just jealous you might need to wait a whole year to have some of those features fully operational on your bloated storage blogging useless OS witch won't even update you like all those 7x users sorry I don't see how windows phone is better than android

55. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When he said voice commands were useless...lol.

44. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

And yeah go on, I want to hear the rest of your so called useless features list

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