Its not often we advocate boycotting a Microsoft product, but it is also not often that we are completely outraged at the behaviour of the company.
The recent history of their Fable III:Kingmaker mobile game however has my blood boiling somewhat. It was already known that Microsoft did not announce Windows Mobile support when they announced the game, despite supporting Android, Symbian and the iPhone. This by itself was disappointing.
A video then turned up showing the software in action, clearly working on a Windows phone. The software looks pretty complete, and does not look like a mock-up at all.
Now Rick Dodkins has been able to confirm via twitter with Microsoftâ€™s European Social Media Editor that, despite appearing to have a fully working Windows Mobile version of the software, they will not be releasing it, keeping it for a Windows Phone 7 exclusive.
Now we have seen this behaviour numerous times in the phone world, with simple software features like graphics acceleration being kept for a next generation of devices. This does not however mean we have to like it, and the best way a consumer shows they do not like the behaviour of a company is not to buy their product.
We therefore suggest any current Windows Mobile users who were thinking of buying Fable III to think again, and let Microsoft know why via their Facebook page here and why not join the latest fashion â€“ email Steve Ballmer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks Rick for the tip.