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

Posted: , by Victor H.

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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posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:45 16

1. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 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!)

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:03 21

6. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 417; Member since: 23 Feb 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:09 10

8. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 13:51

51. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:28 11

12. D.Aceveda (Posts: 396; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:38

26. paulyyd (Posts: 338; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

this is article is one big bowl of failure

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 07:20 9

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:46 17

2. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3786; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:17 8

10. phil2n (Posts: 487; Member since: 30 Apr 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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:48 14

3. redmd (Posts: 1353; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

they should just improve WP 8 and its features instead.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:39 9

27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4280; Member since: 07 Mar 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:48 1

29. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Really well said

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 08:54

39. lumia920 (Posts: 112; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

Nathan .....agreed

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 10:34 1

47. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:48 9

4. kdealltheway (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 03:53 17

5. cripton805 (Posts: 1484; Member since: 18 Mar 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:05 10

7. MeoCao (unregistered)

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

Let Ballmer feel the heat.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:14 4

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:25 7

11. angelesmec (unregistered)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:32 3

13. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 14:19

53. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:32

14. kevkyle (Posts: 104; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

so low......windows ;-(

- windows 8 doesn't need to throw trash at rival os

....it's goddam slick and smooth', )

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:37 12

15. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:46 5

19. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 04:44 2

16. kanagadeepan (Posts: 975; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

This is anyway expected...

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:24 2

17. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 05:52 6

20. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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?

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:33 3

25. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 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.

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:42 8

28. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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

posted on 06 Dec 2012, 06:49 3

30. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Bam there goes dinamite

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