Microsoft accuses Facebook of copying them with Home

A couple of days ago hoodie wearing internet tycoon Mark Zuckerberg announced the latest and greatest in mobile technology with Facebook Home. However, quickly on the heels of this announcement Microsoft say that this is old news and Windows Phone has been doing this for 2 years now.

Facebook copied Microsoft…apparently

So, in a post on the official Microsoft blog yesterday, keyboard warrior Frank X Shaw claimed that Windows Phone OS has been “putting people first” since Windows phone 7. Within the article Mr Shaw goes on to say that Microsoft were putting people first back in 2011…

“When we sat down with a blank sheet of paper and designed Windows Phone, we put three words on the wall to guide the team: ‘Put People First’.”

To back up the claims made my X-man Shaw, he goes on to ‘prove‘ it with a promotional video that has the slogan “Put People First” throughout. The more cynical amongst you may think that this video has been quickly knocked together by the MS Marketing department, but the fact is that this video is actually promoting Windows Phone OS 7.5, not 8.

Android bashing

During the post, Shaw went on to give Android a good bashing why he was at it, claiming that Android is overly complicated and implied that this is only worsened with the addition of Facebook Home.

“…But as Android owners know, that platform is complicated enough without adding another skin built around another metaphor, on top of what is already a custom variant of the OS.”

Now, I’m not marketing guru, and I don’t really have much of a business mind, but the fact that Android has a huge market share over any of it’s rivals surely means that it can’t be that difficult to master these dark arts. And if Windows Phone OS was so good, why does it only occupy a measly 1.19% market share? I’ve never used a Windows phone so I can’t comment, but the numbers speak for themselves…don’t they?

As I said in the original article about Facebook Home, I don’t think I will be using it personally. However, I can see why people in their droves may well be flocking to use Facebook Home. I think in reality Mr Shaw is worried – and quite rightly so. What do you think?

Microsoft accuses Facebook of copying them with Home
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