Microsoft posts email praising Lumia 900 from Apple fan

We already know that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a big fan of Nokia's Lumia 900 and of the Windows Phone operating system in general. Now Microsoft has posted up a email on its Windows Phone site which it claims comes from a self-professed fan of Apple products. In short, this Apple user also loves the Lumia 900 and Windows Phone.

The letter, which Microsoft says comes from a person known only as "Scott G.", was written to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "Scott G." admits in the email that it was written on a MacBook Pro and that he has been a fan of Apple's products for a number of years. However, he recently picked up a new Lumia 900, after apparently not liking an Android device, and says he plans to keep it.

One of the thing "Scott G." likes about the Lumia 900 is that it works well as a phone. He states:

I actually use my phone as a phone. That concept seems to get lost in many product reviews. One of my employees actually thanked me for getting rid of my iPhone as it was so much easier to hear me. I apologize for the tedium but it means a great deal to me and my business.

Other pluses including having the phone just work with his car's Sync system, a lack of "junk" software, and the Windows Phone Live Tiles feature. "Scott G." writes, "It’s a minor thing but the Metro tiles are pretty cool. I just like the look."

This is a rather interesting marketing scheme on Microsoft's part and we could see even more Apple convert emails to Windows Phone devices in the coming months.

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Poor old Apple fanboys, with Android absolutely owning iphone both in terms of innovation and marketshare, Windows Phone taking away their "but iphone iz easy to use" mantle and the rage and hate they must go through every single time a better competing product comes out. It must be really hard for them.

When will Ballmer become open-minded? It's his narrow-mindedness and denial that a competitor can actually have a decent product that makes him do things like this.

xpclient said,
When will Ballmer become open-minded? It's his narrow-mindedness and denial that a competitor can actually have a decent product that makes him do things like this.

Because only Apple is allowed to have a "decent product", and no one is allowed to prefer a more decent phone, right?

Hypocrisy much?

xeleraph said,

Because only Apple is allowed to have a "decent product", and no one is allowed to prefer a more decent phone, right?

Hypocrisy much?

No because quoting random people's emails makes it look trivial or silly.

xpclient said,

No because quoting random people's emails makes it look trivial or silly.

Yep, and I'm sure it's Ballmer who needs to be more open-minded.

xeleraph said,

Yep, and I'm sure it's Ballmer who needs to be more open-minded.

Yes him of course. He banned his kids from using Google and iPod as did Gates.

xpclient said,

Yes him of course. He banned his kids from using Google and iPod as did Gates.

And your automatically jumping to label any pro-Windows Phone email as trivial and silly is any less closed-minded than his behavior, how?

xeleraph said,

And your automatically jumping to label any pro-Windows Phone email as trivial and silly is any less closed-minded than his behavior, how?

I didn't label the pro Windows Phone email as trivial. Windows Phone may be a good platform. I labeled the act of the CEO of Microsoft showing a random guy's email on their website as trivial and silly.

xpclient said,

I didn't label the pro Windows Phone email as trivial. Windows Phone may be a good platform. I labeled the act of the CEO of Microsoft showing a random guy's email on their website as trivial and silly.

Which is still such an act of open-mindedness indeed. Yep, you're just the perfect example to call others out for close-mindedness, triviality, and silliness.

xeleraph said,

Which is still such an act of open-mindedness indeed. Yep, you're just the perfect example to call others out for close-mindedness, triviality, and silliness.

Sorry your baseless accusations and hatred don't hold up as I have nothing to do with this.

xpclient said,

Sorry your baseless accusations and hatred don't hold up as I have nothing to do with this.

Sorry dude, as far as baseless accusations go, you're the one who's going around berating people for being "trivial" and "silly" when you feel the need to jump up and down and stamp your feet that Microsoft had the audacity to publish a positive fan email. I know it probably kills you inside that there are people who prefer Windows Phone to Apple, but do you have to make it so obvious who's really being trivial and silly here?

the constant bashing of anyone without a pro-Microsoft view really detracts from this site.. that said, Microsoft can push as many pro-Lumina/Windows Phone articles that they like, the fact is, if it doesn't start getting some serious uptake and generating money for developers, Microsoft will have to start giving them away before it ends up a wasteland like Blackberry's app store.

I am from Australia, and I have only seen one Windows phone in the wild (my boss), and even today there are ads for buy a Windows phone and get 5 months at 50% off for a phone which has only been out a few months.

I am sure it is great hardware, and there are lots of Microsoft fans who would own anything that comes out with the MS phone OS, but without the apps and the uptake, I don't see good things in the years ahead.

It is like Microsoft is always banking on the next big thing to save the OS and it doesn't happen. I wish it would actually take off, but would I own one? no

kowcop said,
the constant bashing of anyone without a pro-Microsoft view really detracts from this site..

Here here, far too often I see users in the comments section being called trolls for posting anything remotely critical of Microsoft...a freaking troll for gods sake lol, I don't think the MS fanboys here no what that term even means

Sonne said,

Here here, far too often I see users in the comments section being called trolls for posting anything remotely critical of Microsoft...a freaking troll for gods sake lol, I don't think the MS fanboys here no what that term even means

Actually, it's more like Apple fanboys crawling out of the woodwork in indignation that someone prefers a fresh new mobile OS to one which still has the same UI as when it was first released. But I'm not surprised that a Microsoft hater would see "pro-Microsoft" trolls everywhere.

Scott G....so we are expecting to care what a nobody says? No thank you...will take me more than praise from an Apple fan to pick a WP device.

Meh, I dont like all the John bashing, its just a news article.

If anyone thinks they can continually bring news like he does, give it a try.

Woohoo! Microsoft got an email. Fancy that!

Let's be honest ios is looking distinctly dated now. In terms of design, apple do seem to be lagging behind on both the hardware and software front.

Even the iphone 4 looks distinctly dated compared to the latest crop of Android / wp handsets.

Mr Winkle said,
Woohoo! Microsoft got an email. Fancy that!

Let's be honest ios is looking distinctly dated now. In terms of design, apple do seem to be lagging behind on both the hardware and software front.

Even the iphone 4 looks distinctly dated compared to the latest crop of Android / wp handsets.

I disagree it's not too far behind android or windows phone 7. Yes there are aspects that are behind but I don't find them too significant. Where iphone really shines is app selection which is even greater then Android fragmented ecosystem.

Mr Winkle said,
Woohoo! Microsoft got an email. Fancy that!
Even the iphone 4 looks distinctly dated compared to the latest crop of Android / wp handsets.

Funny because the latest crop of Android and WP7 phones all have the same candybar, black slate look that they've had for years. To me, none of the current gen smart phones look dated. iPhone included.

Still, it's just one person. Do I get to send a email and have it published for liking Apple's mobile devices, but then using Windows?

Possession said,
Still, it's just one person. Do I get to send a email and have it published for liking Apple's mobile devices, but then using Windows?

Well they did those "switch" commercials a while back. This is a similar concept.

Bear in mind that for every 1 email of praise, there are probably 10 emails of criticism that Steve Ballmer gets. He just happened to post one of praise.

superconductive said,
Bear in mind that for every 1 email of praise, there are probably 10 emails of criticism that Steve Ballmer gets. He just happened to post one of praise.

Proof of these numbers?

I realized how funny it is how Window Phone is getting super overrated I thought about buying the Nokia phone but when I saw the Apps I laughed! This crap has no good apps at all and have seriously a total of about 10 thousand apps and they aren't even good ones the only popular apps on the windows phone is old mega apps like angry bird.. and a office app.. While Android have over a Million different apps to download and Apple I haven't used much because when I did it felt boring.

Totalaero said,
I realized how funny it is how Window Phone is getting super overrated I thought about buying the Nokia phone but when I saw the Apps I laughed! This crap has no good apps at all and have seriously a total of about 10 thousand apps and they aren't even good ones the only popular apps on the windows phone is old mega apps like angry bird.. and a office app.. While Android have over a Million different apps to download and Apple I haven't used much because when I did it felt boring.
You're talking out of your arse man. It hit 50 thousand in December. I don't know what the current count is, but you can bet it's a damn sight higher. And there are plenty of really good apps, and I mean really good. There are still a few popular apps missing, but there are solid alternatives.

DARKFiB3R said,
You're talking out of your arse man. It it 50 thousand in December. I don't know what the current count is, but you can bet it's a damn sight higher. And there are plenty of really good apps, and I mean really good. There are still a few popular apps missing, but there are solid alternatives.
http://i.imgur.com/Lxpvv.png yeah.. best apps ever lol

DARKFiB3R said,
You're talking out of your arse man. It it 50 thousand in December. I don't know what the current count is, but you can bet it's a damn sight higher. And there are plenty of really good apps, and I mean really good. There are still a few popular apps missing, but there are solid alternatives.

80,000 + now I think. There is a lower number of apps on WP but the gap is growing fast - the OP by Possession is stupid and ignorant, troll worthy.

Totalaero said,
I realized how funny it is how Window Phone is getting super overrated I thought about buying the Nokia phone but when I saw the Apps I laughed! This crap has no good apps at all and have seriously a total of about 10 thousand apps and they aren't even good ones the only popular apps on the windows phone is old mega apps like angry bird.. and a office app.. While Android have over a Million different apps to download and Apple I haven't used much because when I did it felt boring.

Let's go back to the checklist -

Complain that there are no apps on the app store.
When there are apps (over 90,000 now, not the 10,000 that you claim), complain that there are no exclusives.
When there are exclusives, turn the story into there are no good apps, and repeat.

Yep, you got all three checked off the list.

Oh, and over a million Android apps? Nope, not even close. But if you cannot even get that number anywhere near correct, how should we expect you to get number of WP7 apps correct?

Totalaero said,
http://i.imgur.com/Lxpvv.png yeah.. best apps ever lol

I totally see where you are coming from, anybody looking at that would get the same impression. MS are definitely not doing themselves any favours with the stuff they display up front on the marketplace.

DARKFiB3R said,
You're talking out of your arse man. It hit 50 thousand in December. I don't know what the current count is, but you can bet it's a damn sight higher. And there are plenty of really good apps, and I mean really good. There are still a few popular apps missing, but there are solid alternatives.

last count it has over 90000 apps now, and as far as quality apps go the marketplace is getting very close to the same level as apple.

korupt_one said,

last count it has over 90000 apps now, and as far as quality apps go the marketplace is getting very close to the same level as apple.

All I see is some basic apps that other OS have but with low ratings... Reaching Apple's app store? Much far from it still. The WP7 in build apps is great but zune... No way....

DARKFiB3R said,
You're talking out of your arse man. It hit 50 thousand in December. I don't know what the current count is, but you can bet it's a damn sight higher. And there are plenty of really good apps, and I mean really good. There are still a few popular apps missing, but there are solid alternatives.

There are a TON of popular apps missing, and you know it. Heck, I can't even use a mobile airline boarding pass, since there's no app on WP7. I can't use my bank's app... can't order Chipotle from the mobile app, no Dominos, etc.

Apps are a negative on WP7 right now. I still love my phone, but it's a known fact that WP7 is the last platform developers usually develop for.

metallithrax said,
And we know that this email is real because.....

Unnesecary to make it up, I'm sure there are a bunch of switchers from any system to any system praising the differences and similarities a lot and letting their creators know that they are on the right path.

You know, stuff like that happens.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Unnesecary to make it up, I'm sure there are a bunch of switchers from any system to any system praising the differences and similarities a lot and letting their creators know that they are on the right path.

You know, stuff like that happens.

GS:mac


I keep seeing this. What does gs Mac mean?

rfirth said,

You'll figure it out eventually.

I always thought it looks kinda dumb though to put that at the end of every single post, but okay.

metallithrax said,
And we know that this email is real because.....

Even if it is real (and I will assume it is) I still think the whole "Apple fan loves Windows Phone" thing on the MS website is kind of silly, looks bad honestly. What they should do is take that and other similar emails and put on it's own page, say, user praise or whatever.

ccoltmanm said,
I keep seeing this. What does gs Mac mean?

What's his username? Now what platform do you think he posted his message from, Windows?

Relativity_17 said,
Just because someone is pro-Apple doesn't mean that they can't enjoy products from other companies.

This.

Albeit many want to make others believe that liking Apple products and their ecosystem et al is a mental disease destroying your ability to praise other products.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

This.

Albeit many want to make others believe that liking Apple products and their ecosystem et al is a mental disease destroying your ability to praise other products.

GS:mac

what does gs Mac mean?

Relativity_17 said,
Just because someone is pro-Apple doesn't mean that they can't enjoy products from other companies.

This.
Im a Microsoft fan, doesn't mean I can't love my iPad and iPhone! I hate seeing people moan about each company because they prefer one over the other.

Relativity_17 said,
Just because someone is pro-Apple doesn't mean that they can't enjoy products from other companies.

Except thats not true in reality, Getting Apple fanboys (or pro-Apple users how you put it) to use anything other than Apple, even when the competing product is a lot better, is like extracting blood from stone.

Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

For those who don't browse Microsoft page daily, yes this is news actually.

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

Good Less crappy comments from you

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

For those who don't browse Microsoft page daily, yes this is news actually.


let me face palm you here!!! OP's point is that Its not news worth at all!!
Its not a news for even people who browser MS page daily.

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

well, totally true... all you see is what siri's replied, this and the likes..
there was even an article about a new color availablity for a phone.

There is always some people who are fans of one platform and praise the other!

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

Dude it's just a news article calm down... don't get so upset and lash out at Callaham for doing his job. And yes this made news because WP is an up and coming platform and to start winning over some fans from one of the most successful platforms is a very nice achievement and definitely news.

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

John, ignore these s***-for-brains that I keep seeing commenting that your articles are crap! I love your articles! Keep it up

Ently said,

And yes this made news because WP is an up and coming platform and to start winning over some fans from one of the most successful platforms is a very nice achievement and definitely news.

I would've understood an article covering maybe a video of people who have switched or people emailing in droves to say how great their WP device is compared to whatever they had previously. But this is a single email, complimenting WP and the Lumia 900, from one self-proclaimed Apple fan. Hardly a testament to Microsoft and Nokia's shared achievement(s) and not really newsworthy in my eyes. Meh.

Manish said,

I would've understood an article covering maybe a video of people who have switched or people emailing in droves to say how great their WP device is compared to whatever they had previously. But this is a single email, complimenting WP and the Lumia 900, from one self-proclaimed Apple fan. Hardly a testament to Microsoft and Nokia's shared achievement(s) and not really newsworthy in my eyes. Meh.

Yeah this is as news-worthy as any other forum post in Neowin about people switching to WP7... it's NOT news-worthy.

DevilsNotDead said,
There is always some people who are fans of one platform and praise the other!
Neowin.net is a Windows-enthusiast website. It even says that on the tin.

DevilsNotDead said,

let me face palm you here!!! OP's point is that Its not news worth at all!!
Its not a news for even people who browser MS page daily.

But it is. I am very interested in this, as are many others who are interested in people's views regarding Windows Phone. Those who don't deem it news-worthy could easily look past and ignore the article, instead of expecting the world to revolve around them and their interests

theh0g said,
Really? That's news? Are you kidding me? That's pretty pathetic.. but coming from Callaham, I'm not even surprised, I guess it's time I stop visiting this website as it's more and more crap with every article.

I like this news post ! :-)

So technically of course this is news. Compelling news, well let's just say it is not pulitzer prize news, but news none the less.

What is news you ask? The news is that Microsoft is employing a strategy of using Apple user feedback as part of their campaign strategy and that is what is being reported on. Given the charter of this site, for people who are Microsoft enthusiasts this constitutes as news.... really why the hate? Can't you just let it go?