Microsoft pokes fun at Facebook Home and Mark Zuckerberg

The big news in the tech world today is the official reveal of Facebook Home, a series of apps that will be made for Android-based smartphones that is supposed to make the Facebook experience front and center on the phone, rather than just one app.

It didn't take long for Microsoft to poke (no pun intended) a little fun at Facebook Home and Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Microsoft's Windows Phone Twitter page posted up a note that slightly paraphrased Zuckerberg's statement during today's press conference that Facebook Home will be centered around people.

 

The comparison is apt in that Microsoft has promoted Windows Phone in general, and Windows Phone 8 in particular, as an operating system that was made to be customized by Windows Phone device owners, with features such as the Start screen with customizable Live Tiles, the People hub to collect messages from several social networks and more.

Of course, Microsoft is a long time investor in Facebook and has partnered with the company on some projects, including integrating Facebook features in Microsoft's Bing search service.

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Maybe he (whoever twitted that) is bitter because Facebook's Home (as crappy as it might be) attracted more media attention than People Hub.

Why get windows phone if you can get the same functionality on Android? No reason and that why no one is buying windows phone.

Shadowzz said,
you serious? or just trolling?

Windows phone has not been a huge success and I don't think it ever will be but let's say someone wants a people centric view of their world and now they can get it on Android without taking a leap into the unknown with windows phone.

I don't really have trouble with Facebook's Android app. But I don't see myself actually desiring a Facebook app that replaces my homescreen and floods me with images from friends. If you've seen the images that my friends post, they're not that good (lol). I prefer to keep my phone as my phone and bring up apps as I need them. The only integration I appreciate are customizable notifications.

I feel like I'm trolling at this point, but seriously...what business does Facebook even have trying something like this given the total fail that their Android app is. Most people I know use their web browser over the app...

Windows Phone has been putting people first since 2010. Facebook is integrated into the OS in a non-intrusive manner. Gotta love the People Hub in WP8.

j2006 said,
He pretty much walked into that one by using Windows Phone's motto "putting people first.".

That was particularly egregious... LOL

Milton_Fine said,
What a douche, nobody likes facebook or wants it just take down that stupid site.

I'm pretty sure I'm a body.

I think Microsoft reminded SuckerBurg that again he is stealing other peoples ideas. Because the Guy Belfiore (if I spelled it right) use that slogan of putting the "people around you first" was what he always said. Now Sucker has stolen it just like he stole the FB idea from the Twins.

TechieXP1969 said,
Now Sucker has stolen it just like he stole the FB idea from the Twins.

Somebody watched The Social Network.

TechieXP1969 said,
I think Microsoft reminded SuckerBurg that again he is stealing other peoples ideas. Because the Guy Belfiore (if I spelled it right) use that slogan of putting the "people around you first" was what he always said. Now Sucker has stolen it just like he stole the FB idea from the Twins.

Yea because those two idiots were totally the first people ever to have the idea to build a social network.

SharpGreen said,

Yea because those two idiots were totally the first people ever to have the idea to build a social network.

Its more luck then anything else.

Around the same timeframe, in Holland you had (still have) Hyves. And while the whole world was already addicted to Facebook, the Dutch where not really using it. Hyves remained strong until the last couple of years.
But mainly cause Hyves went the wrong way with their paid services and other mumbo jumbo

Yeah, dumb. Facebook vs. Windows People Hub, who you puttin' your money on. Microsoft is in denial or simply out of touch on this issue.

Are they really? People hub puts _all_ people first, from all your accounts. I'm guessing Home just shows your facebook contacts. Just a guess.

I'm not sure technical merits have much to do with it. Let's be realistic. People want facebook. We're talking about phones here. All consumers who buy tens of millions of phones hear is facebook and WP8 has no official facebook app. Making fun of facebook will do nothing.

what do you mean? Windows Phone had an official Facebook App from day one. It also has integration in the people hub.

MorganX said,
Yeah, dumb. Facebook vs. Windows People Hub, who you puttin' your money on. Microsoft is in denial or simply out of touch on this issue.

I think facebook is extremely overrated. don't get me wrong. I am using it too, but what if people decide to go to somewhere else. like google plus or anything. facebook is nothing but a social network site. I mean its not like anybody dependent on any technology facebook is providing, they just want to meet their friends and find new or old friends. I mean if half of my friends decide to go any other social network I would go with them, I hate facebook. I have both android and windows phone. Facebook official app is as buggy as unofficial app in windows phone. at least in people's hub you can use twitter and linkedin too. also it feels faster.

Edited by trojan_market, Apr 4 2013, 9:01pm :

>>I think facebook is extremely overrated. don't get me wrong. I am using it too<<

roflmao. OK. Let me know when you, and a billion others top using it.

>>but what if people decide to go to somewhere else. like google plus or anything.<<

Hasn't happened, google+ is a graveyard and myspace, does that even exist anymore?

>>I have both android and windows phone. Facebook official app is as buggy as unofficial app in windows phone.<<

I have all 3. WP, iOS, Android. iOS and Android are virtually identical, rock solad, with instant notifications and messaging. No refresh issues and support timeline view. Not sure how old your app is. I'm using iPhone 4s, HTC One X+, and Lumia 920 & HTC 8X.

I think you are missing the point here.. "Putting people first " is a Windows phone slogan which Facebook is now using. That's what they's poking fun at.

You're right.

kinpin said,
I think you are missing the point here.. "Putting people first " is a Windows phone slogan which Facebook is now using. That's what they's poking fun at.

pantera9 said,
Are they really? People hub puts _all_ people first, from all your accounts. I'm guessing Home just shows your facebook contacts. Just a guess.

Exactly. People Hub is MUCH better...

MorganX said,
I'm not sure technical merits have much to do with it. Let's be realistic. People want facebook. We're talking about phones here. All consumers who buy tens of millions of phones hear is facebook and WP8 has no official facebook app. Making fun of facebook will do nothing.

Facebook has been built into WP from day one...

Yeah that's nice. But facebook app on iOS and Android is better. facebook is a communications platform as well and instant notifications are important when it is used for that.

It's nice that it's integrated and the MS App is better than nothing but ... it is what it is.

M_Lyons10 said,

Facebook has been built into WP from day one...

MorganX said,
I'm not sure technical merits have much to do with it. Let's be realistic. People want facebook. We're talking about phones here. All consumers who buy tens of millions of phones hear is facebook and WP8 has no official facebook app. Making fun of facebook will do nothing.

First make clear to yourself what People hub actually does and then come back.

MorganX said,

>>but what if people decide to go to somewhere else. like google plus or anything.<<

Hasn't happened, google+ is a graveyard and myspace, does that even exist anymore?


guess what, myspace still exist and having full redesign right now which looks promising. but what's more important, there are other countries besides US and UK you know, and here in Russia for example (and also in Ukraine, Belarus) we have vk.com as primary social network, while majority prefer not to use facebook on their phones. other parts of the world also have their own dominating social networks.

x.iso said,

guess what, myspace still exist and having full redesign right now which looks promising. but what's more important, there are other countries besides US and UK you know, and here in Russia for example (and also in Ukraine, Belarus) we have vk.com as primary social network, while majority prefer not to use facebook on their phones. other parts of the world also have their own dominating social networks.

VK is also popular in all the Baltic states.

I've been using WP since the first release. The people hub is mostly a contacts tile, that aggregates information from social networks which you have an account with for those contacts. It is not the center of the phone or the Metro UI, it is another tile. As it relates to facebook it provides basic facebook functionality and aggregates status and photo updates that you have to sift through. Provides no notifications. I'm not sure what else matters as it relates to facebook and facebook home.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

First make clear to yourself what People hub actually does and then come back.

MorganX said,
Yeah that's nice. But facebook app on iOS and Android is better. facebook is a communications platform as well and instant notifications are important when it is used for that.

It's nice that it's integrated and the MS App is better than nothing but ... it is what it is.

Err.... I get instant notifications.

Furthermore, the FB messenger is actually *integrated* into the standard text message app. If someone sends me a FB message, it shows up in the same place as if they sent me a text message.

Yes well a majority get notification an hour, even day late.

That's great that it's integrated, but so what? It's basically the same on the Android. If millions of people want facebook and aren't interested in what MS has intertwined it with, that's just the way it is.

Mordkanin said,

Err.... I get instant notifications.

Furthermore, the FB messenger is actually *integrated* into the standard text message app. If someone sends me a FB message, it shows up in the same place as if they sent me a text message.

> wp8 has no official facebook app

it has it full featured built in to the OS, the official facebook app, anyd many other apps in the store that do similar things, and of course there's the mobile site which is very similar to the official app on iOS.

Yes, people will still get a boner for facebook apps, but seeing all content for everyone's social media profiles in one place is genuinely a better proposition.

As for the lock screen stuff, as neat as it is, it's just an extension of what wp8 has. Yes, it's nice for non wp8 users, but microsoft have definitely been leading the curve here with people-centric OS-level features. let's hope WP8 blue sees them leapfrog this 'app' from facebook again.

MorganX said,
>>I think facebook is extremely overrated. don't get me wrong. I am using it too<<

roflmao. OK. Let me know when you, and a billion others top using it.


Are you just stupid or pretending to be?
You have seen the downfall of Myspace right? Noone thought it was going anywhere in its heyday. Look where it is now.

>>but what if people decide to go to somewhere else. like google plus or anything.<<

Hasn't happened, google+ is a graveyard and myspace, does that even exist anymore?


Hasn't happened YET. Google+ is quite active nowadays and not the graveyard you think it is. I don't use it but I do see it being used.

>>I have both android and windows phone. Facebook official app is as buggy as unofficial app in windows phone.<<

I have all 3. WP, iOS, Android. iOS and Android are virtually identical, rock solad, with instant notifications and messaging. No refresh issues and support timeline view. Not sure how old your app is. I'm using iPhone 4s, HTC One X+, and Lumia 920 & HTC 8X.


haha iOS and Android are virtually identical. sure, somehow its hard to believe you have all these phones with such a ridiculous claim like that

@Shadowzz yeah, that's what people are saying about MS in 2014. And your response ... right. Let me know when everyone stops using it. I suppose it was stupid for MS to integrate it in their Mobile OS since we're all waiting for it to suddenly disappear into irrelevance.

Keep telling yourself that while millions keep facebooking and instagramming from phones that have those apps. Haven't recent studies shown consumers are moving from desktop to smartphones and tablets for their #1 task of twitter and facebook/instagramming?

MorganX said,
Keep telling yourself that while millions keep facebooking and instagramming from phones that have those apps. Haven't recent studies shown consumers are moving from desktop to smartphones and tablets for their #1 task of twitter and facebook/instagramming?

And still...nothing of value was lost.

Josh_LosAltosHills said,
great now windowsphone will never get instagram.
yea right? its like zukerberg is saying: hmmm screw you. I was never going to make instagram for wp anyway. go enjoy your people hub.

Can't lose what you don't have, and when you're at the bottom (speaking of phones). Still doesn't change the fact that facebook is king of social networks and the phones that do it well are ruling the roost. By a wiiiiiide margin.

technikal said,

And still...nothing of value was lost.