Microsoft’s €100 Windows Phone Challenge (from MWC 2012)

Microsoft’s €100 Windows Phone Challenge (from MWC 2012)Joe Belfiore and the Windows Phone crew can quite often be heard bigging up the speed of Microsoft’s latest smartphone OS, and now it’s putting its money where its mouth is. Er, not literally; that'd be weird.

The Windows Phone Mobile World Congress 2012 stand boldly challenges attendees to a smartphone speed duel, and Microsoft is willing to wager €100 that it’ll come out on top.

Attendees are challenged to perform everyday tasks, such as uploading photos to Facebook, emailing and texting, and if they win they walk away with a pretty generous €100.

However, the flipside is potentially hugely embarrassing, as losers must pose in front of a giant sign reading: “My Phone Just Got Smoked by Windows Phone.” As such, I think I’ll keep my HTC Desire HD firmly in my pocket.

“This year’s Mobile World Congress really represents the culmination of the journey we’ve been on over the past two years,” says Greg Sullivan, Windows Phone’s senior marketing manager.

“After announcing the new approach we decided to take with smartphones, we’re now shining a light on how that different approach results in a phone that is simply faster than the competition.”

I’ll be popping down to the stand tomorrow to demand stats. It’d be interesting to know how much money Microsoft has dished out, and which phones have come out on top. Though I seriously doubt they’ll be very forthcoming.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:42

is a "dual" like a "duell" without weapons?

lcurdie / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:50

Duel-core weapons? :p

More importantly, I have no idea what you're talking about. Ahem ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 13:52

Duel-core weapons? :p

More importantly, I have no idea what you're talking about. Ahem ;)
you cheek... corrected it. Well, I'll post the screenshot on twitter :p

Stelph  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:13

AH so its specific tasks you have to do then? You cant thro down challenges? Might be worth sauntering up and challenge them to "How fastcan you load Infinity Blade"?

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:21

No, the challenges are set by Microsoft, basically they're very specific and set up so 99% of the time a WP7 device will win. They did it at CES in January as well, only a few iOS/Android devices won through the whole time they were running the competition.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 14:38

No, the challenges are set by Microsoft, basically they're very specific and set up so 99% of the time a WP7 device will win. They did it at CES in January as well, only a few iOS/Android devices won through the whole time they were running the competition.

Can you "call a friend" if you fail? A friend with an SGS2 or an iPhone 4S?
Also: if you win, can you challenge MS? Like: quickly transfer 2 photos, a Pdf, and a downloaded .exe from the WP device to a Linux PC?

:p

Treab  Feb. 29, 2012 at 16:09

Actually matt your wrong. its a test based on what you do most often... do keep up old boy.

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 16:16

What you do most often?

Treab  Feb. 29, 2012 at 20:52

i.e. posting pictures to facebook..

or messaging on facebook/twitter...

or access a website on the browser...

basically anything but make a call (i did see one which was to send a text)

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 29, 2012 at 21:19

Access a website...my S2 would demolish any WP7 device (hell, make that pretty much any device, regardless of OS).

krogothnx  Mar. 1, 2012 at 08:36

i wonder what their policy on overclocked phones is? undoubtedly there must be at least a few people at mwc who overclock their phones.

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