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

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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16 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Sounds like an NSA project name to me.

2. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

4. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 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.

5. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

8. AlikMalix unregistered

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

6. AlikMalix unregistered

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?

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Fake Immation wannabe app Majority of the apps on Wp store are knock offs and fake.

9. o7o

Posts: 114; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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

11. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

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

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

15. colinkiama

Posts: 60; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

50 million people actually.

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

5000 more likeā€¦..

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