ASPIRING SMARTPHONE OVERLORD Microsoft has coughed up a shiny new laptop and Windows Phone to the US man who used an Android phone to beat a Nokia Lumia during a "Smoked by Windows Phone" challenge.
The software giant faced a barrage of criticism, as we reported, after staff members at the US Windows Store where the challenge was being hosted refused to acknowledge that their kit had been beaten and refused to give out the promised prizes.
The winner of the contest, Skatter Tech CEO Sahas Katta reported that the staff told him he did not win "just because", even though he was faster to complete the challenge set by Microsoft.
However, just a few hours after publishing his tale of woe about his experience at the Santa Clara Microsoft Store, his article hit the Reddit front-page. Katta reported that it was not long before dozens of publications picked up the story as well.
"Microsoft Evangelist Ben Rudolph (@BenThePCGuy) was kind enough to offer a rematch as I had requested," Katta said.
Rudolph tweeted the comment, "@BenThePCGuy 26 Mar 12 Hey @sahaskatta , @MicrosoftStore & I want to make things right. So I've got a laptop & phone (& apology) for you. Email me!"
Katta went on to explain that, after exchanging emails with Rudolph - who instigated the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge earlier this year - he was told that a laptop and phone had been set aside for him at the Santa Clara Microsoft Store.
"I dropped by this evening and after spending a few minutes chatting with two rather extremely friendly store managers, I walked out with a $1,049 Hunger Games Special Edition HP Folio 13 and a $899 Nokia Lumia 800 Bundle," Katta said.
"I recently just purchased a new HP Envy 15 and I am rather happy with my smart phone, so I decided to put both of these up for auction on Ebay. I will ship the highest bidder of each listing the respective device and donate 100 [per cent] of the proceeds to a charity." µ