Microsoft offers $1000 if Internet celebs don't like Windows Phone 7

Are you a well known Internet celebrity who uses an iPhone or Android-based smartphone but haven't yet tried out a phone based on Windows Phone 7? Then Microsoft has an offer for you. Techie-buzz.com has spotted a couple of blog comment posts from one of the members of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 team. The comments include an interesting offer for well known Internet celebs who may want to check out the next version of the operating system with the Mango update.

The offer began on Scott Adams' blog site (yes, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip) where Adams complained about issues with his Android based phone. Microsoft's Brandon Watson, who works on the developer platform for Windows Phone 7, posted a comment on Adams' blog post. Watson states, "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." Watson even gives out his email and phone number for Adams to contact him. So far there's no word on if Adams will be taking up Watson on his offer.

Watson has also extended the same offer to CNet's Molly Wood on her Twitter page after she encountered issues with her Android powered Droid X phone. It should be interesting to see if Adams and Wood give any kudos to a Windows Phone 7 based device or if Watson and Microsoft are forced to pony up some money to charity instead.

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This is such a great idea, Microsoft have so many great marketing initiatives up their sleeve. Before you know it Win Phone 7 will be topping all the charts.

KingCrimson said,
This will never work. Celebs are already tied at the hip to Apple and will never abandon ship.

As much as I disagree with your other views, I must say that this one post is true. Apple spends so much $$$ marketing their products as revolutionary and fashionable that the entire entertainment industry has been turned into a wave of mindless zombies with no idea of consumer choice. Apple could release an iShoe or iTrash tomorrow and every director/actor/musician in the industry will run out and buy it before even figuring out what it is and what it does.

dotf said,
I think MS should double the donation for every celebrity convert they get.

That's charity. Double your pleasure, double your donation.

+1

Just another indication of how out of touch microsoft is these days with the consumer...nothing good will come of this, they need to simply walk away from mobile phones, its not gonna happen MS sorry nobody wants a Windows phone and nobody ever will

Cash Money Billionaire said,
Just another indication of how out of touch microsoft is these days with the consumer...nothing good will come of this, they need to simply walk away from mobile phones, its not gonna happen MS sorry nobody wants a Windows phone and nobody ever will

I WANT!!!

Cash Money Billionaire said,
Just another indication of how out of touch microsoft is these days with the consumer...nothing good will come of this, they need to simply walk away from mobile phones, its not gonna happen MS sorry nobody wants a Windows phone and nobody ever will

I have a Windows Phone. That fact has just refuted your whole post. I would be devastated if Microsoft stopped developing phones because Windows Phone is the best platform currently around, and I'd hate to have to use iOS or Android now I've had a taste of Mango.

Bold move by Microsoft, that is, if its really Microsoft offering the deal. From the sound of its more like a individual offer.

This is actually really good of them.. another reason why I support Microsoft.... the title however is very misleading, it should be offers "$1000 to Charity of Choice" not to the internet celeb

j2006 said,
This is actually really good of them.. another reason why I support Microsoft.... the title however is very misleading, it should be offers "$1000 to Charity of Choice" not to the internet celeb

If Microsoft was really good, they'd just give the money to charity, instead of using it as a device to appeal to people's altruism while selfishly promoting their product.

Microsoft_Bob said,
If Microsoft was really good, they'd just give the money to charity, instead of using it as a device to appeal to people's altruism while selfishly promoting their product.

You're kidding right? You do know Microsoft has already given over two billion in cash and services to charity over the years, and thats not including stuff from the Gates Foundation and the like yea? Got to love you anti MS "crusaders" who blatantly ignore facts when it goes against your credo.

Max Norris said,

You're kidding right? You do know Microsoft has already given over two billion in cash and services to charity over the years, and thats not including stuff from the Gates Foundation and the like yea? Got to love you anti MS "crusaders" who blatantly ignore facts when it goes against your credo.
I wasn't aware that Microsoft and the Gates Foundation had anything to do with each other, save the fact that they share founders. Unless Microsoft and Bill Gates are one and the same, of course.

MS Lose32 said,
I wasn't aware that Microsoft and the Gates Foundation had anything to do with each other, save the fact that they share founders. Unless Microsoft and Bill Gates are one and the same, of course.

Of course they're not aside from being run by Microsoft's former CEO, except when it's convenient for the trolls, and it's besides completely missing the point. Microsoft might be a lot of things, but saying they're greedy and don't give to charities is beyond absurd. How much has Apple/Jobs, the Linux Foundation, etc donated?

Max Norris said,

Of course they're not aside from being run by Microsoft's former CEO, except when it's convenient for the trolls, and it's besides completely missing the point. Microsoft might be a lot of things, but saying they're greedy and don't give to charities is beyond absurd. How much has Apple/Jobs, the Linux Foundation, etc donated?
I highly doubt the Linux Foundation makes 0.1% of what Microsoft makes. They probably barely make enough money to stay open. Apple on the other hand, yeah they're greedy ******* too.

MS Lose32 said,
But you're not a celeb so Microsoft doesn't give a crap about you.

Microsoft doesn't give a crap about its users who aren't celebs? That's why Brandon Watson is so dedicated to the developer community, and why Microsoft have catered to the needs of its users with Windows Phone Mango. . . . You just don't have a clue.

Callum said,

Microsoft doesn't give a crap about its users who aren't celebs? That's why Brandon Watson is so dedicated to the developer community, and why Microsoft have catered to the needs of its users with Windows Phone Mango. . . . You just don't have a clue.
Read the article title again.

MS Lose32 said,
But you're not a celeb so Microsoft doesn't give a crap about you.

If you're a dev they'll send you a phone.

MS Lose32 said,
Read the article title again.

The article title says nothing about how Microsoft values its users who aren't celebs.

Callum said,

The article title says nothing about how Microsoft values its users who aren't celebs.
But Mr. Watson's offers only value celebs, which is what this article was about, his offer.

MS Lose32 said,
But Mr. Watson's offers only value celebs, which is what this article was about, his offer.

No it doesn't. This article uses the word "celebs" but Brandon has never said that, and he has never said that these kind of offers are restricted to certain people. He has simply offered it to 2 people so far. They're hardly celebs. . . . One of them works for CNET.

Btw this isn't a Microsoft backed move per se. It's more Brandon being Brandon, great guy who is extremely dedicated to all things dev.

I'd say that this move should have been done time ago. Celebs using a WP7, and more, saying that they love it, its some silly publicity Microsoft needs.

You won't gain regular iPhone users with just a better phone for some tasks, not even with an overall better phone, given the situation you need something more.

Rafyelzz said,
I'd say that this move should have been done time ago. Celebs using a WP7, and more, saying that they love it, its some silly publicity Microsoft needs.

You won't gain regular iPhone users with just a better phone for some tasks, not even with an overall better phone, given the situation you need something more.

They couldn't do this awhile ago, since Mango wasn't available back then.

Rafyelzz said,
I'd say that this move should have been done time ago. Celebs using a WP7, and more, saying that they love it, its some silly publicity Microsoft needs.

You won't gain regular iPhone users with just a better phone for some tasks, not even with an overall better phone, given the situation you need something more.

Currently wp7 is ok, but it has its downsides, mango sorts most out

Simon- said,
So the tester is biased to say that they don't like the phone, otherwise the charity misses out on $1000

Exactly, which is why it's not a bribery, because the tester is biased to say that he dislikes the phone, not likes it. Microsoft is being confident here that he'll like the phone so much that he'll turn down the $1,000.

PlogCF said,

Exactly, which is why it's not a bribery, because the tester is biased to say that he dislikes the phone, not likes it. Microsoft is being confident here that he'll like the phone so much that he'll turn down the $1,000.

Most celebs are dumb, not interested in technology. If Microsoft's own Major Nelson can't leave his iPhone 4 alone and move to WP7 fully then no one else will.

GrandTheftAuto said,

Most celebs are dumb, not interested in technology. If Microsoft's own Major Nelson can't leave his iPhone 4 alone and move to WP7 fully then no one else will.

Key difference here. Internet Celebrity. Were talking developers (say like cygen) or something

GrandTheftAuto said,
If Microsoft's own Major Nelson can't leave his iPhone 4 alone and move to WP7 fully then no one else will.

Because everyone likes the same things Major Nelson likes, right? Uh, no. I've moved to Windows Phone 7 fully and I know other people who have. Mango is certainly a legitimate competitor to Android and iOS.

the better twin said,
I'm a celebrity too! Honest! My email is...........

If you're a developer with a track record then get in contact, they will most likely send you a phone.