#DroidRage stunt brings Microsoft a world of hurt

By , Network World |  Unified Communications, android phones, Microsoft

Microsoft might be looking for a new Windows Phone Twitter account manager today after an attempt to crowd-source attacks on Android-based phones backfired and instead prompted a barrage of attack tweets against Windows Phone, Windows security and Microsoft.

The original tweet from the Windows Phone Twitter account asked users of Android devices to post horror stories about malware on the devices. In return, they would win an unspecified prize.

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But quickly readers of the Twitter account started attacking Microsoft, Windows Phone, the attempt to cast Android in a bad light and the dearth of applications for Windows Phone.

The Windows Phone account soldiered on, not responding to the barrage and posting ho-hum promotional tweets such as "Best friends photographed with an #HTC8X," and "Meet the Nokia #Lumia620. You've never seen a smartphone this beautiful, for this price."

The original tweet that brought on the attack:"Do you have an Android malware horror story? Reply with #DroidRage with your best/worst story and we may have a get-well present for you."

Here is a smattering of the responses:

Crazy Canuck Coder @CrazyCanuckCodr: "Seriously, Microsoft? #DroidRage? How's the sales of Windows 8 going for ya?"

Justin @SynisterWolf: "I hate when my Android doesn't lock or reboot often. I really miss my @windowsphone Blue Screen."

D Saif @DSaifAndroid: "I tried to buy a Nexus 4 but the device is so popular to get one! I wish it was less popular like Windows Phone."

Will Turner @WTWV: Amazing that.. of all companies... $MSFT calls out another OS over malware. HA!"

Tom Dustin @Tomdustin: "Android doesn't allow me to install dangerous software from untrusted sources. Why can't you be more like Windows?"


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