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Microsoft: Facebook Home a People Hub Ripoff

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Microsoft says customers should get the real thing if they want a "people-centric" phone.

After Facebook revealed its Facebook Home for Android smartphones on Thursday, Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft, jumped on the Microsoft Blog and took a shot at Facebook's latest scheme. He said he was forced to check the calendar a few times to see if it was still 2011.

"The content of the presentation was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago," he said. "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.' Those three words were chosen around a pretty powerful but simple insight: People are more important than apps."

We already know the deal and have seen the results: Windows Phone 7 and 8. Like Windows 8, both use live tiles to put friends and family first. Everything the user needs to know each day is pushed to the main screen, whether it's a Facebook update, a text message from a spouse, an email from Mom and more. Microsoft made the experience "personal" rather than create another iOS-based sea of apps.

"Millions of Windows Phone owners have already discovered how great a phone can be when it’s designed this way, and they aren’t shy about telling their friends," he said. "Naturally, some of those friends have been pretty frustrated that they haven’t been able to get a 'People First' experience on their devices. So, we understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it."

Naturally, Shaw starts taking shots at Android, which up until this week commanded the smartphone market. Android is already complicated enough as it is, or so he says, without adding "another skin built around another metaphor, on top of what is already a custom variant of the OS."

On Thursday, Facebook's rumored phone was basically revealed to be an Android Launcher that brings people to the forefront. Users can have social feeds pumped directly to the lock screen and chat with friends no matter what app they're using. It will be pre-installed on the HTC First smartphone, and offered as a free download for the HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung GALAXY S III and Samsung GALAXY Note II.

"From the moment you turn on your phone, you see what friends are sharing," states one of many Facebook Home commercials. "Your latest messages, calls and updates are right up front. And you can keep chatting from any app. So no matter what you're doing, your friends are always right there with you."

Shaw thinks Facebook users are better off getting a Windows Phone. "While we applaud Facebook for working to give some Android owners a taste of what a 'people-centric' phone can be like, we’d humbly like to suggest that you get the real thing."

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    rantoc , April 8, 2013 9:30 AM
    'Put People First.' = Mobile Divisions Moto
    'Put People Last.' = Windows Divisions Moto - If they bothered what peeps wanted why stubbornly refuse to put the start button in there when its so requested by so many
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    foody , April 8, 2013 8:07 AM
    lolololololol
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    anathema_forever , April 8, 2013 8:18 AM
    humble....
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  • 5 Hide
    onichikun , April 8, 2013 8:20 AM
    Software which automatically stalks people for me! Nice!
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    Thunderfox , April 8, 2013 8:30 AM
    "Naturally, Shaw starts taking shots at Android, which up until this week commanded the smartphone market"

    And what has changed in the last week to change this? Did more than a dozen people suddenly start to give a crap about Windows phones or Blackberries?
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    bigdragon , April 8, 2013 8:43 AM
    Millions of people may like the Windows Phone design philosophy, but hundreds of millions love the ability to customize their Android experience the way they want -- people-centric, app-centric, or otherwise.
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    hotice , April 8, 2013 9:20 AM
    +1 bigdragon
    Also, While I understand what Microsoft was getting at if you'd actually compare features Home offers far superior multitasking when it comes to messaging with ChatHeads. Microsoft can't compete with that.
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    rantoc , April 8, 2013 9:30 AM
    'Put People First.' = Mobile Divisions Moto
    'Put People Last.' = Windows Divisions Moto - If they bothered what peeps wanted why stubbornly refuse to put the start button in there when its so requested by so many
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    Soda-88 , April 8, 2013 9:52 AM
    rantoc'Put People First.' = Mobile Divisions Moto'Put People Last.' = Windows Divisions Moto - If they bothered what peeps wanted why stubbornly refuse to put the start button in there when its so requested by so many

    You have social media on your Start Menu?
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    CaedenV , April 8, 2013 9:52 AM
    Hey MS, I love my windows phone, but you have no room to complain. Most great things about the phone were ideas from other companies, and now that you are starting to have a few good ideas other people are going to copy you.

    Less complaining, more innovating.
  • 9 Hide
    firefoxx04 , April 8, 2013 10:36 AM
    M$ complaining about stolen ideas? HAHAHA

    Netscape.

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    sean1357 , April 8, 2013 10:38 AM
    Look at market share. WP is dying...dying.. No shit way to compete with others mobile iOS and Android. He can talk all the trash he can.
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    ddpruitt , April 8, 2013 10:44 AM
    Quote:
    which up until this week commanded the smartphone market.


    Clearly another well researched article given that Android still has a 51% market share to Apple's 39%. There's obviously no Apple bias here given that it really easy to make sure a tiny error.
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    becherovka , April 8, 2013 11:35 AM
    Rumor: Microsoft Cloning Google Glass Too for 2014
    www.tomshardware.com/news/Google-Glass-Xbox-Kinect-Windows-8-iWAtch,21864.html
    Well at least MS wouldn't copy.
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    Spooderman , April 8, 2013 11:53 AM
    robertmailletIf you think Rachel`s story is nice, , 3 weeks ago my aunties neighbour basically broght in $5518 workin twelve hour's a week from their apartment and the're co-worker's sister`s neighbour has been doing this for three months and got a cheque for more than $5518 in their spare time on their mac. apply the guide on this address, www.wiki34.com

    Why do all of these copypastas have terrible grammar? I mean, I understand the people posting them aren't too bright, but come on! Scammers these days are slacking off, and I'm disappointed.
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    016ive , April 8, 2013 12:12 PM
    It's understandable that he should say these things but Windows phone can't compete against Android.
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    raytseng , April 8, 2013 12:30 PM
    SpoodermanWhy do all of these copypastas have terrible grammar? I mean, I understand the people posting them aren't too bright, but come on! Scammers these days are slacking off, and I'm disappointed.


    There was a research article on this about a year back, coincidentally by microsoft research.

    Scammers/Spammers use bad spelling/bad grammar, farfetched plans, as a method to filter out and only hook the dumbest of the dumb responders.
    If the deal was too plausible, they'd get too many hits from smart people, and too hard for them to complete the scam.

    The ironic conclusion, is if everybody replied to spammers' asking for the next step (scambaiting, 419eater.com), the spammers would be so overwhelmed with responses that it would break their business model.
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    Spooderman , April 8, 2013 12:40 PM
    raytsengThere was a research article on this about a year back, coincidentally by microsoft research. Scammers/Spammers use bad spelling/bad grammar, farfetched plans, as a method to filter out and only hook the dumbest of the dumb responders. If the deal was too plausible, they'd get too many hits from smart people, and too hard for them to complete the scam.The ironic conclusion, is if everybody replied to spammers' asking for the next step (scambaiting, 419eater.com), the spammers would be so overwhelmed with responses that it would break their business model.

    Hmmm...I see what you mean. I thought so myself, but it's still an interesting topic to do a study on. Only the stupidest people would click on them, so I guess that makes sense.
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    belardo , April 8, 2013 1:13 PM
    Quote:
    "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.' Those three words were chosen around a pretty powerful but simple insight: People are more important than apps."

    We already know the deal and have seen the results: Windows Phone 7 and 8. Like Windows 8, both use live tiles to put friends and family first.
    LOL... more like MS stared at a blank sheet of paper for months without a single thought. MS project team DOES NOT put people first. When you go to Videos or music, its not your own files you see - but whatever crap they want to advertise in your face to buy or rent. That is NOT people first!

    If YOU put people first, you wouldn't have this whole Win8 bullcrap. Metro for Phones and tablets works... Metro for desktop DOES NOT.
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    littleleo , April 8, 2013 1:16 PM
    I like his comment

    "Millions of Windows Phone owners have already discovered how great a phone can be when it’s designed this way, and they aren’t shy about telling their friends,"

    I don't know anyone that prefers a Windows phone over a Android or iPhone for that mater. I know several that have returned Windows phones because they were disappointed with them. And no one, clients, friends, family has every recommended a Windows phone. These must be the same millions of customers that love Windows 8.
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    Martell1977 , April 8, 2013 1:48 PM
    littleleoI don't know anyone that prefers a Windows phone over a Android or iPhone for that mater. I know several that have returned Windows phones because they were disappointed with them. And no one, clients, friends, family has every recommended a Windows phone. These must be the same millions of customers that love Windows 8.


    That's interesting as I'm finding that around where I live, its the opposite. Before I upgraded my phone a few weeks ago, I asked around and the main answer I got was that Windows Phone was superior to android and iOS. Many were even looking to get one as soon as they had an upgrade available. I ended up getting a Nokia Lumia 822 and love it. Its nice having everything I want right up front and the rest out of sight. (as a side note, I can't stand Windows 8 on desktops/laptops, it really is an OS meant for phones and tablets.)
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