SOFTWARE SHOP Microsoft has launched another attempt to undermine Google by offering to bribe people with a free Windows Phone in return for saying bad things about Android.
Marketing does funny things, and it doesn't always work. In recent weeks it has led Microsoft to interrupt a dinner date to talk about its phones, it has called Google "Scroogle", and it told us that Internet Explorer perhaps isn't really as bad as we remember.
This week it has seen it trying to get a term trending on Twitter. "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," says a tweet from Microsoft's Windows Phone channel.
Well, some people have, but others haven't. The internet being what it is, many people have decided to turn the tables, either for a laugh or through their own experience, and say that actually, Windows software is more problematic. Hence, the fun replies you will see under the #Windowsrage hash.
#WindowsRage - still can't get rid of all the bloatware on my church's computer. Tired of seeing the blue screen of death.— Rev Anthony J Iovine (@RevIovine) December 5, 2012
"Sorry. We're back. Had to reboot the PC," is the glib response from the Android Central account, and they get worse.
"The annoying moment when you can't even install windows without a blue screen of death. #WindowsRage," says one. "Internet explorer is the best option if u want to book tickets from the past #WindowsRage," adds another.
Ironically, while #Windowsrage is not trending on Twitter it is trending on Google+. Whatever that is. µ
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