Microsoft to release 'Switch to Windows Phone' Android app [Update]


Joe Belfiore, manager of the Windows Phone team, touts the platform's apps at an October event.

Microsoft wants users of Google's smartphone operating system to switch to its own platform, and to do so it plans to release a "Switch to Windows Phone" Android app aiding in the transition.

When the app is released next week, Android users who install it will be able to find Windows Phone versions of their apps as well as substitutes for those that don't have official Windows Phone versions, such as Instagram. The app, which was developed in coordination with a third-party developer, uses a cloud storage service to store an inventory of a user's Android apps. A Windows Phone version of the app then uses that inventory to find equivalent apps on Microsoft's smartphone operating system and provides users with Windows Phone Store listings.

Quixey, an application search engine, provides the service powering the app's ability to find substitute Windows Phone applications.

A representative of Quixey told Neowin the app was was originally planned for release today but has been delayed until sometime next week. The representative also provided the following statement on behalf of the company as well as a screenshot of the app, seen below: "We worked closely with the Windows Phone team on developing the app. We're currently waiting for an exact release date."

When reached for comment, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company doesn't "have anything to share at this moment" regarding the app.


The Switch to Windows Phone app.

News of the app's release was first reported by CITEworld, which said Guru Gowrappan, Quixey's executive vice president for products, indicated an iOS version of the app won't be available.

Microsoft has increasingly attempted to sway users of Google's smartphone operating system to its own platform since the latest version, Windows Phone 8, launched in October.

The company's Windows Phone Twitter account mocked Android in December with the hashtag #DroidRage. Microsoft asked Twitter users to share their Android malware "horror stories," though the attempt seemed to backfire on the company when many users responded with negative comments about Windows Phone instead. Additionally, Microsoft released a commercial last month pitting Nokia's Lumia 920 against Samsung's Galaxy S III, the most popular Android smartphone.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include statements from Quixey and Microsoft representatives.

Source: CITEworld | Images via Microsoft, Quixey

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Auditor said,
Nothing can be uglier than those bland flat square tiles.. btwn. that was dumb app.

That's your opinion and you're entitled to it but there are plenty out there that don't just listen to what others say and actually do their research or give things a chance. I wasn't implying you were that way. I happen to like the bland flat tiles that are actually not bland because they're actually alive and update with relevant information that I could use without having to open the app. Some are colourful with pictures, or sports scores, news, weather, etc. Others that are looking to get a new phone and want to shop around, not locking themselves into one ecosystem, could use this app to find assurance that their favourite apps are or aren't available on the WP platform. If they are, then they can be comfortable knowing if they make the switch, they won't be lost and without function. If they aren't, then they have a choice to make; stay with Android and what's familiar, or make the switch and adapt. It's simple too; if you don't plan on making the change, you don't download the app. Just my opinion.

I love all the ignorant people here who obviously don't read the article.

It's NOT an attack app, it's not a scroogle app, it's basically a transfer app so when you get a new WP phone, your app list is already loaded with all/most of your apps from your Android (or similar ones it suggests). It's for people that are planning to upgrade to WP, it's NOT for who plan on staying on Android. Simple as that. That article is pretty clear.

Can someone explain to me (MS haters or fanboys need not apply) how it's desparate/pathetic/sad/etc. for MS to present a tool for people interested in switching about equivalent apps?

This is one competing business trying to present a case for their alternative. This is done all the time in the real world. You think Google doesn't compare Apps to Office 365 when they're presenting to potential clients?

People who are not interested in WP8 will not even come close to installing, except the people above to rate it 1 star (i.e. losers).

I agree there's nothing wrong with it. But it won't do any good. Take Bank apps, see Chase? Well, 3 of my four banks don't have a WP8 app, and have no plans according to them. iOS and Android have app from all of my banks.

Stryker297 said,
Can someone explain to me (MS haters or fanboys need not apply) how it's desparate/pathetic/sad/etc. for MS to present a tool for people interested in switching about equivalent apps?

This is one competing business trying to present a case for their alternative. This is done all the time in the real world. You think Google doesn't compare Apps to Office 365 when they're presenting to potential clients?

People who are not interested in WP8 will not even come close to installing, except the people above to rate it 1 star (i.e. losers).

MorganX said,
I agree there's nothing wrong with it. But it won't do any good. Take Bank apps, see Chase? Well, 3 of my four banks don't have a WP8 app, and have no plans according to them. iOS and Android have app from all of my banks.

Not saying you're wrong but most bank apps suck and are limited in functionality. You can usually do more even with their mobile websites in the browsers than with the apps. I know what you're saying and it's true, they still have a ways to go; but most of the necessary or popular apps are available or a version of it.

It's a shame the apps aren't yet up to par with some of the iOS ones I'm used to (sorry don't have Android) I have a (broke) HTC 8X out for repair and am using my older iPhone 4 again!

Neobond said,
It's a shame the apps aren't yet up to par with some of the iOS ones I'm used to (sorry don't have Android) I have a (broke) HTC 8X out for repair and am using my older iPhone 4 again!

I know the feeling. I keep an iPad and iPhone around. Keep putting them down, keep picking them back up. The 8X feels nice in the hand though. Nice phone. Just the app situation, and peripherals. Apple really nailed the peripheral thing.

It's like Google Chrome. I don't like it. Want to use IE10 for everything. But have to keep it around. There's one important site (Neowin) that just doesn't work right on IE10. ;->

MorganX said,

It's like Google Chrome. I don't like it. Want to use IE10 for everything. But have to keep it around. There's one important site (Neowin) that just doesn't work right on IE10. ;->

We're actually talking with Microsoft about the IE10 issue. It has to do with our being included on a list of incompatible sites for IE10 but the process to get us removed is of course never straightforward. It's being looked into anyway

Thanks for the info. Bureaucracy, smh.

Maybe you guy should tell them if they don't take you off the list, your users won't go away, they'll go to Google Chrome.

Wow you people who are saying negative things obviously didn't read the article.

It's simply an app for those that want to switch to transfer their apps over (or look for equivalent ones), that way when they get their Windows Phone, their apps are already set up. It's NOT telling people to switch. It's an app for those that ARE switching.

Hilarious. I wonder how many folks are going to use this app to verify that they shouldn't switch to Windows Phone because it doesn't have their apps or equivalent (enough) apps.

The "try Windows Phone UI" HTML5 page that came out sometime last year was a much better idea.

Shadrack said,
Hilarious. I wonder how many folks are going to use this app to verify that they shouldn't switch to Windows Phone because it doesn't have their apps or equivalent (enough) apps.
While yes that's possible, most of the core apps that people use are on WP8 already or very similiar apps at least. Yes, there's still a long way to go, but if you've been keeping up the Store has been growing very rapidly these past few weeks with official apps. It's a non-issue really. Plus, it also proves it's not an 'attack' app that all these ignorant people are saying.

I did. It is a desperate attempt to get users to switch. If they keep this kind of **** up, please will get tired of them. People don't like attack ads. K?ThxBi

Fus10n said,
I did. It is a desperate attempt to get users to switch. If they keep this kind of **** up, please will get tired of them. People don't like attack ads. K?ThxBi

If you think this is an attack ad, then you didn't read the article.

Fus10n said,
MS won't be around in the next 5 years..

You should have a look at their latest financial data so you won't be too disappointed in five years.

It is a "switch to Windows phone" app for Android. I don't need to say anymore.

they will still be around, but they will a lot of marketshare.

Fus10n said,
It is a "switch to Windows phone" app for Android. I don't need to say anymore.

they will still be around, but they will a lot of marketshare.

That's what the title is, not the contents. I've carefully selected the main body of text in this article that describes what the app does:

When the app is released next week, Android users who install it will be able to find Windows Phone versions of their apps as well as substitutes for those that don't have official Windows Phone versions, such as Instagram. The app, which was developed in coordination with a third-party developer, uses Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service to store an inventory of a user's Android apps. A Windows Phone version of the app then uses that inventory to find equivalent apps on Microsoft's smartphone operating system and provides users with Windows Phone Store listings.

It is not an advertisement app. Just accept it lol.

j2006 said,

LOL troll fail... WP win

I'm not on WP-side or whatever you'd call it. I was just reading the article and responding to it. So if you want you can add in WP lose to the list.

I wasn't trolling.. I was just being an idiot and an ass. I made myself look like a toolbag because I didn't read the whole article.

Why is this a bad thing? It's not an app (at least not from the article) that says LOL ANDROID SUCKS SWITCH TO WP:

According to a report by CITEworld, Microsoft developed the app to "find identical or replacement applications for Windows Phone 8 to replace [users'] old Android apps." The report states the app works by sending information about a user's Android apps to Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service, which in turn finds the same apps or replacement apps on the company's Windows Phone operating system.
So how exactly is that bad? It helps users to may be switching make the switch easier, not tell them to switch to Windows Phone. Sure it doesn't benefit Google but its not exactly outright trolling (like some of the scroggled apps).

In fact the only flamebait bit about this entire thing is the article. An article titled "MS launches app to help people find similar apps on WP" would probably get like 2 replies and 5 views. An article titled "switch to windows phone app" will get far more. But hey that's what's what "unprofessional" journalism is about right?

How is this trash talking? It's simply a app re-assurance app for users who WANT to upgrade to WP. It's not attacking Google at all. It's simply a tool to make it easier to transfer your app list (or similiar apps if certain ones don't exist yet) to your new WP phone. It's awesome.

Funny idea. If Google is smart they don't remove it and slam Apple in return since such an app would certainly never make it beyond the iCensor.

No it's not. It's simply a transfer app for those that want to switch. It's not an attack or scroogled app, it's an app for users who choose to upgrade to a WP, and it lets the user know if their apps (or a similiar app) exists for them and then transfers that app list to their new WP phone. Simple as that.

I doubt someone who has adopted the Android ecosystem would be willing to switch to WIndows Phone and purchase their "matched" apps all over again.

I'd like to enjoy Windows Phone, but there's no competitor at the moment for what Google has to offer in regards to a good handset with a decent, non-contract price.

I can see this being useful for someone that is considering moving from Android to Windows Phone, but I don't think I can see this driving Android users away.

Renvy said,
They have reached a new low. Just shows how desperate they are.

Actually, the new low are the losers above who posted they will download it once just to down vote it. Considering no one has seen the app nor does anyone know all the features or utility thereof, its absolutely absurd for the fanboys to be spreading so much hatorade.

It may be the silliest of all apps, but its even more silly to be so hateful of something that has absolutely no impact to you, your life nor your phone.

spudtrooper said,

its absolutely absurd for the fanboys to be spreading so much hatorade.

Ms is doing a great job spreading that themselves.

spudtrooper said,

How so? by providing an app to migrate to their own platform?

Like i said above, depends on the content and so far, anything from MS towards Google has been nothing but trash talk.

techbeck said,

Like i said above, depends on the content and so far, anything from MS towards Google has been nothing but trash talk.


both sides actually.

spudtrooper said,

How so? by providing an app to migrate to their own platform?

See it is bad if Microsoft does it, but when Google puts a giant link on their web page telling you how bad IE is and you must switch to Chrome, aka migrate to the Google platform, that is OK. These people are just having a fit because Microsoft is now doing what Apple and Google have done for years, trying to win people over to their platform, but without the slime-ball tactics that Apple and Google have used, and they are acting like children because of it.

techbeck said,

Where has Google done this?

There was a giant link on the top right of the Google.com page that would appear only if you were using IE, telling you to ditch IE and switch to chrome. I clicked it once and it would tell you how bad IE was and how good Chrome is. I have not gone to google.com in ages so I am not sure it is still there.

BTW, here is one link to a Google attacking MS story, I would find more for you but I am on my way to a meeting, so maybe later.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec...s-Microsoft-Office-365.html

But Microsoft showing people how to switch is bad, but Google would never attack Microsoft, and doesn't need to, right? Right?

SoylentG said,

But Microsoft showing people how to switch is bad, but Google would never attack Microsoft, and doesn't need to, right? Right?

You must not be reading what I am saying....

I didnt say showing others how to switch is bad. I was commenting on how MS has been doing it and all the trash talk they have been giving Google. I even commented on if the app just shows what MS apps can do and leaves out the trash, then I would be all for it.

And I never said Google didnt attack MS. I said they didnt produce a specific app to go after Windows.

Seriously dude, read a little.

PS...your link is not working...http://www.telegraph.co.uk/404/404.html try again. And i am being serious.

thanks

Edited by techbeck, Apr 25 2013, 4:25pm :

The link works fine for me. Maybe you shouldn't try with Chrome, Google probably blocked the page on its own browser.

Gungel said,
The link works fine for me. Maybe you shouldn't try with Chrome, Google probably blocked the page on its own browser.

I am using FF/IE. I dont use Chrome. I am in the US tho so maybe thats the problem.

EDIT: Funny, I Googled the site and was able to access it from there...huh.

BTW, here is one link to a Google attacking MS story, I would find more for you but I am on my way to a meeting, so maybe later.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tec...s-Microsoft-Office-365.html

But Microsoft showing people how to switch is bad, but Google would never attack Microsoft, and doesn't need to, right? Right?

My point still stands. Google doesnt/didnt produce an app to specifically go after MS (if thats what MS app is). I never said Google didnt attack MS. But you can provide more links to what Google has done towards MS if it makes you feel better.

Actually, I made my point and I am moving on from here since most people here cannot converse maturely and rather call people fanboy, insults, and personal attacks. And i am called the immature one...huh.

As always, have a good one!

Edited by techbeck, Apr 25 2013, 5:46pm :

techbeck said,

Actually, I made my point and I am moving on from here since most people here cannot converse maturely and rather call people fanboy, insults, and personal attacks. And i am called the immature one...huh.

As always, have a good one!

So you stop your foot, say you are going to give a Microsoft app a low rating, ignore when Google attacks Microsoft products in the same way that you find it distasteful when Microsoft does it, proclaim Google as better than every other company, and complain about other people being "fanboys," insulting, and launching personal attacks - things you do yourself. However, just like how you excuse Google for doing the very things you condemn Microsoft for, your actions are fine, while those who differ in opinion are the ones that are wrong.

Ok, since you are again not able to read plain English, one more reply for my ammusement.


SoylentG said,

So you stop your foot, say you are going to give a Microsoft app a low rating

IF it is all trash talk, yes. Read what i said.


ignore when Google attacks Microsoft products in the same way that you find it distasteful when Microsoft does it, proclaim Google as better than every other company,

Nope, that not what I said. I said Google didnt produce an app to go after MS (if thats MS intention). I never commented about Google attacking MS in other ways. Again, read again.


and complain about other people being "fanboys

Never called anyone a fanboy. Try again.

," insulting, and launching personal attacks - things you do yourself.

I do? Wow, ok. Must be true since you said it. Apparently the mods/admins dont agree since I have ZERO warnings and I would of gotten them if what you are saying is true.


However, just like how you excuse Google for doing the very things you condemn Microsoft for, your actions are fine, while those who differ in opinion are the ones that are wrong.

No, I have never called anyone wrong. Everyone has difference of opinion and I have said many times I respect others opinions. I would produce facts otherwise. I also have admitted I was wrong several times.

And now I am done since it is apparent you are not understanding what I am saying and just want to argue and put words in my mouth.

Again, have a good one. I am sure we will converse again in another thread.

Edited by techbeck, Apr 25 2013, 6:17pm :

techbeck said,
Ok, since you are again not able to read plain English, one more reply for my ammusement.


IF it is all trash talk, yes. Read what i said.

Nope, that not what I said. I said Google didnt produce an app to go after MS (if thats MS intention). I never commented about Google attacking MS in other ways. Again, read again.


Never called anyone a fanboy. Try again.

I do? Wow, ok. Must be true since you said it. Apparently the mods/admins dont agree since I have ZERO warnings and I would of gotten them if what you are saying is true.

No, I have never called anyone wrong. Everyone has difference of opinion and I have said many times I respect others opinions. I would produce facts otherwise. I also have admitted I was wrong several times.

And now I am done since it is apparent you are not understanding what I am saying and just want to argue and put words in my mouth.

Again, have a good one. I am sure we will converse again in another thread.


you are one confusing person.

techbeck said,
Ok, since you are again not able to read plain English, one more reply for my ammusement.


IF it is all trash talk, yes. Read what i said.


Google has attacked Microsoft in the example I gave, but there have been numerous other times that I have not listed. And now you shift your argument to it being an issue of Microsoft releasing an app to attack Google - an app that simply lists the apps you have installed on Android and gives the equivalent on a WP. That is an attack? I gave the example where Google was releasing an app to go against Microsoft and attacked Microsoft. But somehow you excuse that?



Nope, that not what I said. I said Google didnt produce an app to go after MS (if thats MS intention). I never commented about Google attacking MS in other ways. Again, read again.

Google Docs was not an app to go after Microsoft? No, you have not commented about Google attacking Microsoft, and that is the point. Everything Microsoft does is something that you attack them for, but Google does the very same things, and you don't say anything about it, and often brush it aside as people unjustly being mean towards Google.


Never called anyone a fanboy. Try again.

I do? Wow, ok. Must be true since you said it. Apparently the mods/admins dont agree since I have ZERO warnings and I would of gotten them if what you are saying is true.


No, you did not, but you throw it in there with the claims of oh woe is me for giving my opinion, and claiming others are launching personal attacks at you. I am wording everything in the way that you are, and yet when you do it, it is a personal attack against you. When you do it, you are just standing up for Google.


No, I have never called anyone wrong. Everyone has difference of opinion and I have said many times I respect others opinions.

Saying and doing are very, very different things. You have launched attacks against people, but you see it as defending Google, so it is perfectly fine.


I do? Wow, ok. Must be true since you said it. Apparently the mods/admins dont agree since I have ZERO warnings and I would of gotten them if what you are saying is true.

I have received ZERO warnings, and yet you are claiming I am personally attacking you. I have had a few posts deleted, such as yesterday when I made a joke (and in the context, it was clearly a joke) about Apple beating a few Chinese kids to kick up production, and apparently they found that offensive others (not you) seriously claiming that BillG is committing genocide and purposely killing children through his vaccination program can stay, so I wouldn't put too much faith in what mods do or do not mark as a warning.

Since I already argued the other comments you replied on, and you just dont understand, i will just say this...



I have received ZERO warnings, and yet you are claiming I am personally attacking you.

Calling me becky/making fun of my nick is a personal attack/insult to me and why that post was deleted.

Edited by techbeck, Apr 25 2013, 8:30pm :

Google has indeed for a long time badmouthed IE on Google.com and youtube.com (probably more, but thats all i use from Google)
Telling me that "You are using an insecure and outdated browser, get secured and download chrome" or something among those lines.

Google regulary badmouths Microsoft but often not so publically and verbally as MS is doing.
Google is partying with other anti-MS societies and teams up with other parties that are anti-MS on almost every single point they can.

Microsoft takes it into the open, and Google is afraid to fight back. They know they will lose. They have been poking Microsoft for the past decade hoping for a reaction. Microsoft saved up allot of **** from Google over the years and finally lets it all out with well based facts. And Google cant come with any facts to fight back, they usually grab sh*t out of thin air to purposely hurt Microsoft's name.

So techbeck, put off those Google glasses and open your eyes.

I personally think its childish from both sides. But I know Google has been poking Microsoft a lot the past decade. And Microsoft let most of it slide. But Microsoft is losing the public because of it and has to fight back.

Shadowzz said,
Google has indeed for a long time badmouthed IE on Google.com and youtube.com (probably more, but thats all i use from Google)
Telling me that "You are using an insecure and outdated browser, get secured and download chrome" or something among those lines.

I never disputed that. I just never saw Google bash IE like that. Probably because I have been using FF as my default browser for years and rarely use IE.


I personally think its childish from both sides. But I know Google has been poking Microsoft a lot the past decade. And Microsoft let most of it slide. But Microsoft is losing the public because of it and has to fight back.

MS is losing the public because they have been late to the game several times and makes changes that upsets their customers. And then resorts to creating oganizations like FairSearch to go ofter one company.


Microsoft takes it into the open, and Google is afraid to fight back. They know they will lose.

Google doesnt have to fight back, they are dominant. However, if MS was on top then I am sure Google would probably resort to similar bashing tactics. Seems the way things are going these days. Underdog bashes competition/produces junk marketing to get ahead. Just like politics.

I us more MS products that I do Google products in many cases, I prefer MS over Google. I like the old MS and I just wish they would focus more on their products and informing users of what all their products can do.

techbeck said,
Since I already argued the other comments you replied on, and you just dont understand, i will just say this...

Calling me becky/making fun of my nick is a personal attack/insult to me and why that post was deleted.

Really, that upsets you? I was doing it in a familiarity way. Sorry if you took offense to it, it was not my intent. But I have had people use my old handle here to mock and attack me, and those were never deleted.

But I guess such small things are reasons for getting your posts deleted. I will remember that for the future...

SoylentG said,

But I guess such small things are reasons for getting your posts deleted. I will remember that for the future...

Go ahead if you feel the need to do so. Its your right and the admins stated they rely on reports to keep the posts clean. More power to ya and will help keep things clean. I am not worried. I dont name call or make fun of people's nicks.

techbeck said,

Go ahead if you feel the need to do so. Its your right and the admins stated they rely on reports to keep the posts clean. More power to ya and will help keep things clean. I am not worried. I dont name call or make fun of people's nicks.

Nah, I am not that thin skinned*


*DISCLAIMER: "thin skinned" is in no way intended to make fun of, belittle, nor demean the actual thickness of the skin of any person, living or deceased, caused by heritage, nutritional consumption, physical health, or any other factor. Any inference to other characteristics of skin, such as color, elasticity, blemishes, etc. should be made.

Can't be too PC and need to cover all the bases before some become upset and go running to big brother.

So producing producing a search app for a platform is the same as producing an App geared to steer people away from a certain platform? Ok then

There are Google apps on MS devices and vice versa. Google isnt producing an app specifically to steer people away from WP and that was my point.

Just showing that Microsoft isn't blocking Google from advertizing it's own services app and Google does a similar thing with G+ and facebook. So there are no innocent "corporations" here.

BajiRav said,
Just showing that Microsoft isn't blocking Google from advertizing it's own services app and Google does a similar thing with G+ and facebook. So there are no innocent "corporations" here.

But Google isnt producing an app with the soul purpose to get people to switch from WP to Andtoid. If MS wants to save face and prove they are not just attacking Google, then why is there no mention of an iOS app?

Its obvious MS is determined to do whatever it an to go after Google...and only Google.

techbeck said,

But Google isnt producing an app with the soul purpose to get people to switch from WP to Andtoid. If MS wants to save face and prove they are not just attacking Google, then why is there no mention of an iOS app?

Its obvious MS is determined to do whatever it an to go after Google...and only Google.

Technically MS isn't producing this app either. However I do think it's stupid; why would you create an app for another operating system that's just an advertisement? People using Android aren't going to download this app and all of a sudden be persuaded to get a new phone. Especially people who like their current phone (which most smartphone owners seem content with whatever smartphone they currently have, regardless of OS).

I'm fairly certain MS isn't targeting Google because it's Google, but because their userbase is exactly what Microsoft is looking for. Do you really think iOS users would download this app and switch to WP? And what other search competitors would MS target besides Google lol?

Anyways, if this was just an app to find equivalent WP/W8 apps for Android apps, it seems that it'd make more sense to release it on WP or W8 instead.

techbeck said,
But Google isnt producing an app with the soul purpose to get people to switch from WP to Andtoid. If MS wants to save face and prove they are not just attacking Google, then why is there no mention of an iOS app?

Its obvious MS is determined to do whatever it an to go after Google...and only Google.

How do you know that the app is "attacking" Google, for all we know the app might be telling people what the differences are to help people make an informed decision!!!

neo158 said,

How do you know that the app is "attacking" Google, for all we know the app might be telling people what the differences are to help people make an informed decision!!!

I said in previous posts I am assuming based on past actions. If I am wrong, great.

techbeck said,

I said in previous posts I am assuming based on past actions. If I am wrong, great.

They're guilty until proven innocent with you because you are a textbook fanboy. The app is going to be presented as "okay, you have these apps? This is our equivalent of those for you if you choose to make the switch to Windows Phone", That's all. Not everyone is happy with Android and I can almost guarantee that they aren't bothering to do an iOS version because they already had discussions with Apple and were told it wouldn't fly. The reason they're going to put it in the Play store is for the people who have been with Android that are looking at the possibility of switching. It lets them check before they make the jump to see if what they use is available or if there is an acceptable replacement. It's to ease the transition. They WILL present it professional manner without bashing Android. What do they get out of bashing Android while trying to show people what of their apps are avails le to them? If anything, it would turn people off. They won't take that chance.

I have both the Samsung ATIV S & S3; I prefer he ATIV. The problem with the platform is more the negative attitude towards it than the platform itself. It can do just as much as the other two biggest competitors. It would be nice if people based the quality of a platform on its actual abilities and not what the media or overly large fan(boy)base has to say. Android and iOS both had years of exposure to grow to where they are and Microsoft's mistake was allowing it to get so large before trying to break into it. Their platform is solid and would have a much larger user base if they were to have launched earlier or around the same time as the other two. I like all three platforms; they all have their strengths and they all have their weaknesses. I just prefer Windows Phones as I used Microsoft services more frequently than either of Apple or Google's.

In the end, what I am saying is yes, saying you are or anyone else saying they will rate it one star now, and how you presented your reasons, were and are childish. Opinions don't change that fact. I will base my rating on the apps ability to accurately provide reasonable results based on what is requested and what is actually available in the store. I may have a preference to one platform but I don't allow that to disable me from being able to make an unbiased, educated review. If they have a better product, I'll use it. I'm not afraid to admit when a competitor has something better. You can't make a better product unless you can accept your own flaws, mistakes, or defeat. You get better and make better by using that information and experience to provide something better next time.

And those are my thoughts.

thehockeyguru said,

They're guilty until proven innocent with you because you are a textbook fanboy. .

Learn what a fanboy is...and obviously you didnt read all what I posted her. Like where I stated I like and use many more MS products than Google.

The end

Edited by techbeck, Apr 26 2013, 1:10am :

techbeck said,

Learn what a fanboy is...and obviously you didnt read all what I posted her. Like where I stated I like and use many more MS products than Google.

The end

I see how you work. There's no winning with you. We'll agree to disagree among the others that don't take your standpoint. My biggest thing with you is that you are assuming the worst and therefore talking negatively instead of actually reading the facts and waiting to make an educated response. You either take or make things literally when it's to your advantage or twist things to be to your advantage when they are not. It's clear as day to see the way you are. We can choose to be whoever we want though so that's cool. But because you covered yourself for when you're wrong, no one can tell you that you were; in a negatively manner (in your opinion). I wish you the best and hold nothing against ya; I've hot no beef with you, just stating what I see and saw.


My biggest thing with you is that you are assuming the worst and therefore talking negatively instead of actually reading the facts and waiting to make an educated response.

And? I freely admitted I was assuming based on past actions. I normally dont assume things but MS has been going after Google a lot lately. However, I also said that if the app was just display apps and not trash talking, it would be good and I would have no problem with it.


You either take or make things literally when it's to your advantage or twist things to be to your advantage when they are not. It's clear as day to see the way you are. We can choose to be whoever we want though so that's cool. But because you covered yourself for when you're wrong, no one can tell you that you were; in a negatively manner (in your opinion). I wish you the best and hold nothing against ya; I've hot no beef with you, just stating what I see and saw.

Again, I freely admitted I was assuming so I dont see how that is covering up things or twisting things around. I am also not the only one who has made similar comments here but I feel honored that many take the time to reply to me only. I give my opinions and last time I checked, I was free to do so. And presented with the facts, I admit when I am wrong. (read my replies to mikeffer for instance) I have done so several times...apolgized many times for mis reading/interpreting posts.

I give my opinons and when I give facts, I provide info to back it up. If people cannot handle my opinions it really isnt my problem.

techbeck said,

And? I freely admitted I was assuming based on past actions. I normally dont assume things but MS has been going after Google a lot lately. However, I also said that if the app was just display apps and not trash talking, it would be good and I would have no problem with it.

Again, I freely admitted I was assuming so I dont see how that is covering up things or twisting things around. I am also not the only one who has made similar comments here but I feel honored that many take the time to reply to me only. I give my opinions and last time I checked, I was free to do so. And presented with the facts, I admit when I am wrong. (read my replies to mikeffer for instance) I have done so several times...apolgized many times for mis reading/interpreting posts.

I give my opinons and when I give facts, I provide info to back it up. If people cannot handle my opinions it really isnt my problem.

That's awesome; we're all entitled to our opinions and all we're all doing is expressing them. It's the way you went about expressing those opinions and what it was based on that set everyone off. Nothing you say will change my opinion and nothing I say will change yours; I don't expect it to. I'll admit you got to me a bit but that was because of what your opinion was based on and you took a broad statement from someone's responses and were attacking them based on the fact that they made their statement broad instead of about that one tiny detail you were talking about. It's okay for people to expand and use similar situations to compare to your one example; it was relevant to the topic. Yet you kept attacking them, telling them they don't know how to read when they were on topic and using valid information.

I wrote my message and sent then forgot about it for awhile. I went back and looked later. I let it go; I reply to let you know my opinion of what I think of the situation and that's all. I don't expect you to care. But I'm not going to give in and admit that your opinion is valid in any way because your responses have been based on assumptions and using an attacking tone/nature. We'll go on after this like nothing happened because in the end, this didn't matter. I'm not upset in any way. Hopefully you're not too. I'm sure I'll see you around here more sometime; I don't usually say too much though.

techbeck said,
Thanks for the info.

No Problem, I actually own a Galaxy Nexus as well as an ATIV S so I'll give this app a try as well.

DarkNet said,
I'll download it just to rate it 1 star like many people will.

Yea, me to. Wouldnt be surprise if Google removes/bans it either as it is just an app designed to bash the competition and spread false/inaccurate info. I also find it funny, not funny ha ha, that they are just going after Android.

techbeck said,

Yea, me to. Wouldnt be surprise if Google removes/bans it either as it is just an app designed to bash the competition and spread false/inaccurate info. I also find it funny, not funny ha ha, that they are just going after Android.

Why? Because they are presenting apps on the windows system that would not stop you from joining a proper system?

I don't think Google would remove or Ban it. The inevitable low rating on the app will lure away "civilians". What they should have done is build it inside their existing apps.

DarkNet said,
I'll download it just to rate it 1 star like many people will.

How childish and pathetic.
This could really benefit those who genuinely are interested in a different phone OS and you decide you want to play the app store police. Grow up.

This app would be helpful for those that run two phones also, like myself.

Mikeffer said,

This could really benefit those who genuinely are interested in a different phone OS
.

Depends on how MS presents the app and the content. So far, their remarks/advertising towards Google has been nothing but trash talk. And if it is trash talk, you better believe I will be with the ones rating it low.

techbeck said,

Yea, me to. Wouldnt be surprise if Google removes/bans it either as it is just an app designed to bash the competition and spread false/inaccurate info. I also find it funny, not funny ha ha, that they are just going after Android.


why is suggesting alternative OS/app is "spread false info"? (unless I missed something in the article).

BajiRav said,

why is suggesting alternative OS/app is "spread false info"? (unless I missed something in the article).

I am assuming what the content is going to be based on current remarks and marketing strategy towards Google/Android. If I am wrong, I will state that but so far nothing from MS towards Google has been polite.

Mikeffer said,

How childish and pathetic.
This could really benefit those who genuinely are interested in a different phone OS and you decide you want to play the app store police. Grow up.

This app would be helpful for those that run two phones also, like myself.

Yeah because "Scroogled" wasn't childish. My phone, my account, my review, my right. Too bad how you feel about it. In fact, I will switch my two other linked Gmail accounts on Google Play just to vote for it 3X 1 star rating. I will "Scroogle" Microsoft.

Thanks for telling me it was childish to do that. It wasn't since it is my opinion, but now I will be childish.

techbeck said,

I am assuming what the content is going to be based on current remarks and marketing strategy towards Google/Android. If I am wrong, I will state that but so far nothing from MS towards Google has been polite.

So guilty until proven innocent? Do you have the same approach with Google actively trying to block Windows Phone?

BajiRav said,

So guilty until proven innocent? Do you have the same approach with Google actively trying to block Windows Phone?

Google tried to block Windows phone? Really? I know they remove services/apps but block the WP platform, when did that happen.

techbeck said,

Google tried to block Windows phone? Really? I know they remove services/apps but block the WP platform, when did that happen.


- Google Maps were blocked from working on WP not too long ago
- Youtube is refusing to allow access to Microsoft for building an app (but has no problems with Xbox - go figure)
- Youtube's mobile website is miserable on WP7.8 and barely works on WP8. This is a simple webapp that anyone can write to work properly in IE9/10 but not Google.
- Google's mobile sync page doesn't open on WP anymore ( http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...use-gmail-on-windows-phone/)

BajiRav said,

- Google Maps were blocked from working on WP not too long ago
- Youtube is refusing to allow access to Microsoft for building an app (but has no problems with Xbox - go figure)
- Youtube's mobile website is miserable on WP7.8 and barely works on WP8. This is a simple webapp that anyone can write to work properly in IE9/10 but not Google.
- Google's mobile sync page doesn't open on WP anymore ( http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...use-gmail-on-windows-phone/)

Thats not what you said. You said Google tried to block WP, which isnt true. Removing services/certain app support is not blocking WP.

SoylentG said,

I am so happy we have people like techbeck standing up for Google. I mean, poor, poor Google, who is being besieged by that horrible Microsoft trying to put out an app showing people who want to switch to WP what of the apps they use are available. Thank you for standing up for Google, beck, you are really a great person.

I would just start going through the Win8 apps written by Google, and give them all 1 star, but since Google is having a temper tantrum and not porting their apps to Win8/WP8, I guess I will need to do it on my iPod/iPad. Thanks for the idea, becky.

Hilarious, I love how you resort to personal attacks/sarcasm to get your "point" acrossed. Glad others have kept it civil/mature here. But hey, Keep it coming!

Techbeck, please look up cognitive dissonance if you don't already know what it is. Many of the positions you take while replying to people can only be explained by it. All you seem to do is discard any evidence that weakens the position you hold internally, and cling to things that support it. Quote: "Dissonance is aroused when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not reduced by changing one's belief, the dissonance can result in restoring consonance through misperception, rejection or refutation of the information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and attempting to persuade others."

techbeck said,

Hilarious, I love how you resort to personal attacks/sarcasm to get your "point" acrossed. Glad others have kept it civil/mature here. But hey, Keep it coming!

Yes, you have kept it mature. You say you are going to give this app a 1 star rating, to show Microsoft. Isn't that the very thing you are claiming you don't like Microsoft doing?

I do agree with you though Techbeck, the whole scroogled thing is childish and the way these companies bash each other every few days is childish too. But this app, if as you said, presented in the correct way, would be a pretty decent app for phone users.


DarkNet's comment beats all of them in childishness however (and so does is almost incoherent retort back at me). To rate an app one star when the app could be genuinely useful for others, is devaluating the experience for everyone.

The app itself really needs to be presented less like "*** you Google, here's what we got, come get it" and more like "If you're switching, this can help".

SoylentG said,

Yes, you have kept it mature. You say you are going to give this app a 1 star rating, to show Microsoft. Isn't that the very thing you are claiming you don't like Microsoft doing?

I said IF all it does was trash talk. Pays to read/understand. And yes, that is my right/opinion to do so. Nothing immature about it.

Mikeffer said,
But this app, if as you said, presented in the correct way, would be a pretty decent app for phone users.

I agree and have stated I am assuming based on past actions. If all the app does is show what MS apps can do, I will have no problem with it and would even rate it well.

techbeck said,

I agree and have stated I am assuming based on past actions. If all the app does is show what MS apps can do, I will have no problem with it and would even rate it well.

Sorry, edited my post above as you were replying.

"The app itself really needs to be presented less like "*** you Google, here's what we got, come get it" and more like "If you're switching, this can help"."

Mikeffer said,

Sorry, edited my post above as you were replying.

"The app itself really needs to be presented less like "*** you Google, here's what we got, come get it" and more like "If you're switching, this can help"."

agreed

W32.Backdoor.KillAV.E said,

It's just a useful app to show Android users alternative apps on Windows Phone. Whats wrong about that??

Oh yeah, i forgot you're an immature Google fanboy. You'll rate it low anyway.

Evidently you didnt read and only felt the need to go after me huh? Read a couple post above the "mature" one you replied to me on. And here is what I said incase your scroll is broken...


. If all the app does is show what MS apps can do, I will have no problem with it and would even rate it well.

Only.. its a company which is doing marketing, and you are an individual who does not gain from it... although google will. As for me, i don't care as marketing tactics don't hurt customers. I would rate the app on merit. Every company has the right to advertise even if it is bashful. Some people buy it and thats why they do it. Google ain't no saint either. Google has caused its customers who also use the microsoft platform some pain by their tactics like removing active sync, temporarily redicting the maps website on WP, etc. On the other hand scroogled does not limit a microsoft customer from using google applications on their platforms.

Mikeffer said,

How childish and pathetic.
This could really benefit those who genuinely are interested in a different phone OS and you decide you want to play the app store police. Grow up.

This app would be helpful for those that run two phones also, like myself.

Google have no obligation to let Microsoft use their platform for free advertising.

Javik said,

Google have no obligation to let Microsoft use their platform for free advertising.

If Google have confidence in their platform then it shouldn't matter.

Do you agree that rating the app one star just to throw your toys out of the pram, is childish though?

techbeck said,
Thats not what you said. You said Google tried to block WP, which isnt true. Removing services/certain app support is not blocking WP.

Except preventing those services from working correctly IS blocking them from use on Windows Phone.

Javik said,
Google have no obligation to let Microsoft use their platform for free advertising.

Microsoft had no obligation to create applications for Android, but they did. Google do a fair amount of trash talking themselves so Google are just as bad as Microsoft!!!

resol612 said,

Yes, because anyone who argues against you is immature. Others who support you are definitely mature, too!

Being geeks doesn't mean you have to treat everything as 1s or 0s. There are always idiots and clowns in every camp and it seems like you, unfortunately, are one of them.

I don't agree with Techbeck on this subject, however calling him an idiot is the least mature thing so far. If you had convictions in your argument, you wouldn't have to resort to childish name calling. Comment reported.

pathetic


Neowin has contacted Quixey and Microsoft requesting information about the former company's involvement in the app's development and the goal of the app;

The goal is clear...crystal

Anthony Tosie said,
Agreed, but still need to hear it from Microsoft

Oh, I know. Wasnt questioning the post. Was just a general comment.

Why is this a bad thing? It's not an app (at least not from the article) that says LOL ANDROID SUCKS SWITCH TO WP:

According to a report by CITEworld, Microsoft developed the app to "find identical or replacement applications for Windows Phone 8 to replace [users'] old Android apps." The report states the app works by sending information about a user's Android apps to Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service, which in turn finds the same apps or replacement apps on the company's Windows Phone operating system.

So how exactly is that bad? It helps users to may be switching make the switch easier. Sure it doesn't benefit Google but its not exactly outright trolling (like some of the scroggled apps).

In fact the only flamebait bit about this entire thing is the article, but since its from neowin thats to be expected.

I'd wager that Microsoft and Apple wouldn't even allow apps that trash them on their stores so even the fact that Google haven't slapped them down immediately shows that they're a far more classy company. But then I guess desperation is understandable when you have a crap product that hardly anyone is buying

It's simply an app for those that want to switch to transfer their apps over. It's NOT telling people to switch. It's an app for those that ARE switching.

Javik said,
I'd wager that Microsoft and Apple wouldn't even allow apps that trash them on their stores so even the fact that Google haven't slapped them down immediately shows that they're a far more classy company. But then I guess desperation is understandable when you have a crap product that hardly anyone is buying

Have you ever used a WP? Sounds like you haven't so you have no idea what you are talking about. People are definitely buying WPs. Come 5 years down the line, and you are one of many who will wonder what hit you when WP overtakes Android in market share. It is possible.

Javik said,
I'd wager that Microsoft and Apple wouldn't even allow apps that trash them on their stores so even the fact that Google haven't slapped them down immediately shows that they're a far more classy company. But then I guess desperation is understandable when you have a crap product that hardly anyone is buying

How exactly this is trashing anything? Your blind stupidity is clouding your judgement (if any). It's an app version of alternativeto.net

What's so funny? It's pretty smart. It's simply an app for those that want to switch to transfer their apps over. It's NOT telling people to switch. It's an app for those that ARE switching.