Microsoft disses Facebook Home, says the effort is circa Windows Phone in 2011

Microsoft disses Facebook Home, says the effort is circa Windows Phone in 2011
Microsoft's exec Frank X. Shaw took to the company's official blog to comment on the underwhelming announcement of Facebook Home, essentially an Android launcher, and HTC First, the initial phone that will show up with it, barring the already leaked ways to sideload it.

Basically the man says that the people-centric mantra of the Facebook Home presentation reminds him of the Windows Phone interface development process, and an idea that already existed way back in 2011, when WP 7.5 got introduced to the world. Looking at the promo video below, there are some parallels to be drawn.


Moreover, Frank X. Shaw mentions that Facebook is actually adding another layer on top of what is already a ragtag platform he says, instead of fusing social networking, email and phone contacts in a simple People Hub, apparently the way WP is doing it. Here's a money quote from the rant:


The whole thing is titled "Welcome to the People Party," and, yes, that's apparently Windows Phone, at least according to Microsoft's exec.

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45 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL Windows Phone 7.5. xD

11. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Somehow I agree with Frank X. I don't want crappy pictures of random 'friends' from Facebook showing up in fullscreen. Just some real ones.

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hahaha.....I agree with Frank.X too! I'm just shocked that they still mention about WP 7.5.......Geez, that's old!

23. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol thats the point he meant that its prety Ancient feature they copied

34. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

The same way how most Android phones run on gingerbread? or cheap phones on ICS/JB but with low end specs making them lag as sh*t?

47. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sorry to burst your bubble, but comparing Windows Phones with Android phones doesn't match at all, just look at the Windows Marketplace and the Google Play Store, you will see the difference...........

12. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

But hey, does Microsoft really want Facebook's Instagram in their Windows phones..? oh oh..

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Microsoft : One word, NO!

24. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

apperently someone uploaded the workaround app for instagram thigne paid version

28. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Who, Facebook? :P

31. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

nah i didnt got details but i saw the headline on PA somewhere today

2. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lol irrelevant OS..

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL! You can do pretty much the same and even more with a standard android phone, I guess that Frank Shaw never used one. Not to mention the various FB integrations that many OEMs made, like Facebook inside Xperia (by Sony) and others. But besides this, MS is simply scared that FB Home will draw even more users to Android, so they're trying to tell users that FB Home is nothing new and that you can achieve the same level of integration with WP, which of course, regardless if you like FB Home or not, is simply a lie.

13. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Facebook inside Xperia used to be awesome. Now I can't synch my Facebook photos to my Xperia play. Well probably the outdated OS but hey, it's the closest to console gaming there is..

22. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

MS is saying keep copy_ING thing to Android cuz it sucks without it if u ignore the apps count for a second :P

4. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this articles makes me laugh because he isnt bashing it is actullay 100% true whatever he said People Hub is the most advanced social integration Hub on any moblie OS yet on market android IOS is no way close in that matter and these words are of a Android and Iphne user to me . this is the first reson i ever bought Lumia800 last year. Now please dont bash me with apps count and spec trolling cuz they dont count here

6. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

WHat this guy said was true, i watched some of the videos regarding FB Home and i thought the same thing, pretty similar to the social integration aspect of window phone. Oh, look, fandroids who were even bashing this Facebook phone and Facebook Home as being pointless will now defend it and bash windows phone instead. So many hypocrites.

20. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

LOL on fandroids @_@ if they start to defend now

27. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

i dont mind anyone being a fan of something, everyone have something they prefer, but changing their attitude suddenly (from criticizing facebook home, to defending it now because someone from microsoft said the idea is not new) and going back on what they said earlier shows that they are just blindly hating on other platforms.

32. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i agree fanboy is not bad idea either just getting obsessed and flaming is bad thing

35. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Android fanboys are the new iphone fanboys of old! Mindless and Stupid!

39. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

and they seems to never growup when it comes to hate others

41. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Speak for yourself. People who think there are no other options or that there should only be one option might be mindless and stupid. Fandroids are about freedom to choose, which is anything but mindless and nothing like the iFans of present. It's like comparing China and America and saying it's stupid that Americans are excited about their freedom and think other should enjoy the same options. But China is a cool country in many ways also, so like haseebzahid said, be a fan not a flame and keep your stupidity to yourself.

43. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

So what you saying is here is no people on here mindlessly being everything pro Google/Android? Wow! Also I am not a flame, I just say what I see and that is that most Android fans here can't accept it when they are second at something,being sued, or being told negatively like in this thread.

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

so let me understand this correctly. Microsoft's whole point of Win Phone has been around people first no one can deny that right? Facebook does Facebook Home and want to put people first. So because it seems no one likes WP we want to call MS pointing out the fact Facebook is trying to ride their coat tail a diss? Seems more like MS is stating fact not dissing

16. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

They just want the assimilation of all social networks on the entire internet into there Windows Phone :-)

18. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I like WP well enough, I don't care to use it but that's another matter. I see this as damage control. They're saying they already have it which is fine but that means that they see this as android getting closer to what they have. I surely don't want FB Home on my phone but what I like is that I have the option to put it. That is what worries MS in my mind, Android has a very wide audience and it gets wider every month because of the customizations that are possible. Good job FB on creating a launcher rather than a new OS branch and custom hardware, I'd like to see even more of these options build on stock Android in the future. Give me the options I want, which is where MS and iOS typically fall short and bore me after a few months.

21. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

atleast MS isnt Suing them for that like Apploes

19. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

another windows phone creative idea copied to android apperently andriod is the correct place if you want a copycat product

25. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

who want facebook home.......!!! app is better

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