Microsoft tempts bitter Android users with free Windows Phone 7 devices

December 13, 2011
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Not everyone is as enamored with Android as we are, and given recent events with a certain big red company that shall remain nameless, it's hard to blame them. But Microsoft is using some Android owners' experience with "malware" as an excuse for promoting Windows Phone 7, and it must be said, they're doing it in a pretty unique way. Tweet out a story of your Android malware woes, attach the hashtag #droidrage, and you might just get a response from Ben Rudolph the Windows Phone evangelist, giving you some shiny new Microsoft hardware.

Of course, the amount of Android malware that actually makes it onto users' devices is pretty tiny. Google keeps a weather eye on the Android Market, and most of the platform's 190 million users never install a non-Market app, the primary vector for software attacks. But then, most of the things that @BenThePCGuy is retweeting are general complaints - sluggish, choppy phones, restarts, and slow updates. Legitimate complaints, to be sure, but not malware by any stretch of its definition.

Still, we're all tech heads here, and not above a little pandering for free hardware. BenThePCGuy has five free phones of indeterminate make and model to give out, so send him your story if you want to try. After all, Windows Phone 7 has copy and paste now! I'm sure that will make up for its other shortcomings.

Is anyone else chuckling at the thought of Microsoft (you know, the Windows people) pointing out malware threats on competing platforms? Keep that virus scanner running, desktop users.

[via SlashGear]


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    The WP7 market doesn’t have malware right now simply because there aren’t any users to infect…so why bother!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    The WP7 market doesn’t have malware right now simply because there aren’t any users to infect…so why bother!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    The WP7 market doesn’t have malware right now simply because there aren’t any users to infect…so why bother!

    • Anonymous

      The WP7 market is very closely controlled and you can’t submit an app without registering officially first and having to verify who you are. That’s why it’s more secure, also there is only 1 market.

      • http://twitter.com/ReverendAndroid Reverend Android

        Hallelujah

        Is that why we have fake spotify and now fake chrome malware apps in the Windows Phone App store ???

        WP7 fails

        Amen

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t call it malware. It’s an app that tries to trick you into buying something but it doesn’t offer anything of value.. The developers won’t get paid I bet. Spotify is removed already.
        Try again another time for your malware suggestions when it is proper malware that affects your mobile and sends sms to cook islands as with android.

      • http://twitter.com/ReverendAndroid Reverend Android

        my bad, so ts not malware, its only expensive fake apps in the windows market ??