Microsoft has humbly “applauded” Facebook Home for making people the focus on a platform that’s “sadly lacking”.
However, it suggests that Windows Phone has being doing much the same thing for two years, and if Facebook Home floats your boat, well why not go the whole hog and leap to Microsoft's OS.
The words come from Frank X. Shaw, former US marine and current head of corporate communications for M$.
In a post on The Official Microsoft Blog, Shaw explains the original concept behind Windows Phone. He begins: “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’.
“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.”
Frank gives Zuckerberg & Co a thumbs-up for adopting the same philosophy with Facebook Home, but adds: “We understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it.
“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."