By Vamien McKalin | Apr 07, 2013 11:34 AM EDT
Microsoft has gone out on a limb to accuse Facebook of imitating its Windows Phone launch with the Facebook Home launch for Android devices. On Microsoft's official tech blog, TechNet, Frank X. Shaw, VP of corporate communications, said the Facebook Home launch event "was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago."
"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,'" Shaw explained. "Those three words were chosen around a pretty powerful but simple insight: People are more important than apps, so phones should be designed around you and the people you care about, not the apps you might use to reach them."
Shaw didn't end here, he praised Facebook (with a generous scoop of sarcasm) for applying a more human touch to Android with Microsoft ideas. He stated that Android is complicated enough without adding another skin, and that if users want the real deal, they should just upgrade to a Windows Phone handset instead.
"We understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it," he said. "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. So, 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, and simply upgrade to a Windows Phone."
Yet again Microsoft has found itself throwing words at Google. Just recently, the two companies took jibes at each other with April Fools Day pranks, however, Microsoft's attempt was too boring to be considered as an actual prank.
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