Brandon Watson’s $1000 Bet On Windows Phone

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert blogged on his frustrated experience with latest smartphones like iPhone and Android. Brandon Watson from Microsoft quickly commented on his blogpost about using Windows Phone, offering him $1000 to his favourite charity to give it a try:

Scott – My name is Brandon Watson and I am responsible for the developer platform on Windows Phone. Since your readership has a high probability of cross over with our developer base, how about I make you a deal with one of the phones we reserve for developers. Take Windows Phone for a spin. I’ll send you a developer phone with the new Mango OS on it. Give it an honest run, and if you don’t love it more than either of your iPhone or Android experiences, I’ll make a $1000 donation to the charity of your choice. You can’t really lose on this deal. Do we have 500K apps? No. Do we have 25K, growing as fast as iPhone did, and 2x as fast as Android? Yes. Do developers love the dev environment? Uh huh. Do we have the only phone that puts people and communications first? You bet. If Androids dream of electronic iSheep, people dream about people – and that’s what you will get with Windows Phone. Keep in constant contact with those most important to you with Live Tiles, groups, messaging threads, and native Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And no special instructions on how to hold the phone to make calls. Oh, and the battery lasts a long time. I can be reached at ThePhone [at] microsoft. You can call me if you want – 425-985-5568. Windows Phone devs will tell you that’s the right contact info, because it’s shared with every one of them. I hope you take me up on this one…there’s no reason to hate your phone.

Brandon also extended this challenge to CNET reporter Molly Wood who was having typical Android problems with her Motorola Droid X, saying:

While it is likely the celebs will just complain in the end about the lack of their favourite apps, Microsoft did win over Gabe from Penny Arcade, who recently tweeted:

Windows Phone 7 does have higher customer satisfaction rates than Android, and most people who actually try it end up liking it, so who knows, maybe this novel approach will pay off after all.

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