Microsoft revealed on Thursday that over 3,200 individuals revealed their Android malware stories after the company offered free Windows Phones for the worst cases.
Microsoft’s senior Director of Windows Phone communications, Bill Cox, revealed that over 3,200 Android users shared their stories with Microsoft in hope of a free Windows Phone. It’s not clear how Microsoft counted the statistics and whether the figure accurately reflects genuine cases of Android malware or not. The responses stem from an offer Microsoft made to Android malware victims earlier this week. Ben Rudolph, part of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone evangelist team, tweeted on Monday to offer Android malware victims a free Windows Phone. “Share your android malware story (there’s lots going around) and you could win a #windowsphone upgrade,” said Rudolph in a Twitter message on Monday. Rudolph’s offer follows the discovery of 22 malicious Android apps in the Android Market. Google has reportedly pulled more than 100 malicious apps this year. Some of the apps contained the “RuFraud” malware that sends a number of text messages to premium numbers, racking up a bill for Android users.
Microsoft has previously offered free Windows Phones to webOS developers after HP announced their plans to kill the TouchPad and Pre hardware. Over 500 webOS developers responded to Microsoft’s Windows Phone offer within 24 hours. Rudolph also gave away 25 Windows Phone devices to frustrated BlackBerry users in October. BlackBerry users in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa were impacted by an outage on October 10, 11 and 12. The outage spread to the U.S., Canada and Latin America too and prevented users from receiving mail, BBM messages and surfing the internet.