Brandon Watson, Director of Windows Phone Development, has not been shy about aggressively pursuing those who are tired of the developer or user experience on other platforms. This time, he is putting his money where his mouth is and is betting on Windows Phone to satisfy Dilbert author, Scott Adams’, need for a phone which doesn’t frustrate. Mr. Watson recently posted a challenge on Scott’s blog to give Windows Phone a try and if he isn’t more pleased with this platform over iOS or Android then Brandon will personally donate $1,000 to a charity of Scott’s choice. Here is the challenge posted on Adams blog:
My name is Brandon Watson and I am responsible for the developer platform on Windows Phone. Since your readership has a high probability of cross over with our developer base, how about I make you a deal with one of the phones we reserve for developers. Take Windows Phone for a spin. I’ll send you a developer phone with the new Mango OS on it. Give it an honest run, and if you don’t love it more than either of your iPhone or Android experiences, I’ll make a $1000 donation to the charity of your choice. You can’t really lose on this deal.
Do we have 500K apps? No. Do we have 25K, growing as fast as iPhone did, and 2x as fast as Android? Yes. Do developers love the dev environment? Uh huh. Do we have the only phone that puts people and communications first? You bet. If Androids dream of electronic iSheep, people dream about people – and that’s what you will get with Windows Phone. Keep in constant contact with those most important to you with Live Tiles, groups, messaging threads, and native Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And no special instructions on how to hold the phone to make calls. Oh, and the battery lasts a long time.
I can be reached at ThePhone [at] microsoft. You can call me if you want – 425-985-5568. Windows Phone devs will tell you that’s the right contact info, because it’s shared with every one of them.
I hope you take me up on this one…there’s no reason to hate your phone.
Brandon certainly believes in Windows Phone and this is refreshing because you know no one at Microsoft would have probably made the same offer back with a Windows Mobile device. Brandon clearly believes as I do, that Windows Phone just need to get into more users hands to make an impact. I hope Scott Adams takes him up on this offer because I know he’ll be converted.