Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft is betting big on Windows Phone.
Watson is attempting to woo users of Android who have become irritated with their device experience. The developer evangelist reached out to Scott Adams, author of popular comic strip Dilbert. Manan Kakkar of Techie-Buzz.com spotted Watson’s offer in the comments section of Adam’s 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.”
Watson also extended his challenge to CNET reporter Molly Wood over Twitter. Wood reported issues with her Droid X and Watson stepped in to offer a Windows Phone device. This isn’t unusual however. Watson, known for his passionate developer interaction, shared his office number with Twitter followers in May. Watson oversees Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer experience and is responsible for the tools and application platform that developers hook into. The Microsoft worker invited Windows Phone 7 developers to call him to discuss Windows Phone development.
Watson explained to WinRumors in an email that instances of people hating their Android devices aren’t rare. “More of these keep showing up,” he said. Watson’s developer and end user focus is impressive one more. Microsoft is currently planning to launch a Release Candidate (RC) build of the Windows Phone Mango tools on August 22. The software maker will also accept Mango based applications at the same time. Microsoft is expected to launch the final version of Windows Phone Mango in the September or October time frame.