Thursday brought us the official reveal of Facebook Home, a series of upcoming Facebook overlays that will be made for Android-based smartphones. During the presentation, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others said that Facebook Home was designed to center on putting people first.
It didn't take long for Microsoft's Windows Phone Twitter page to mention that the mobile phone OS already has a "people" centric theme. Today, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications Frank Shaw continued the Facebook Home bashing in a new post on the official Microsoft blog.
The post began by Shaw stating, "I tuned into the coverage of the Facebook Home event yesterday and actually had to check my calendar a few times. Not to see if it was still April Fools Day, but to see if it was somehow still 2011. Because the content of the presentation was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago."
The blog continued with Shaw mentioning a list of those Windows Phone "people first" features, including Live Tile notifications, putting all social networking connections in one People hub, pinning apps to the Start screen and more.
Shaw then added:
So, we understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it. But as Android owners know, that platform is complicated enough without adding another skin built around another metaphor, on top of what is already a custom variant of the OS. So, while we applaud Facebook for working to give some Android owners a taste of what a “people-centric” phone can be like, we’d humbly like to suggest that you get the real thing, and simply upgrade to a Windows Phone.
This new war of words from Microsoft to Facebook is even more interesting considering that Microsoft has a small investment in Facebook and has teamed up with Facebook to offer integration with its Bing search service.