Microsoft Refused to Give Man Prize

After he used an Android phone to beat a Windows 7 phone in a speed contest.

Microsoft has been holding a challenge that allows potential customers to pit their task speeds with their current ones against Windows 7 phones. Should the person win, he or she will be awarded a laptop worth $1,000. If the person loses, they may trade-in their current phone for a Windows 7 one free of charge.

In comes one Sahas Katta, armed with an Android-equipped Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The test:

The Microsoft Store employee I was up against then explained the selected challenge. Her exact words were the following: “bring up the weather of two different cities.” The one who could do that first would win. I felt like I struck gold since I knew I already had two weather widgets on my home screen: one for my current location (San Jose, CA) and another for Berkeley, CA.

After defeating the Microsoft employee in the contest by a second, Mr. Katta however, was not handed the prize because the Microsoft employees refused to accept the Android phone as the winner. When he pressed them on why this was the case, they gave him a silly answer:

After trying to push for a real answer since I clearly won the contest by their rules, another Microsoft Store employee (possibly a manager) came by after noticing me asking more questions. Thinking on his feet, he quickly gave a ridiculous out-of-thin-air reason that I need to display the weather of different cities in different states and that “my phone could not do that”.

Oh yes, display the weather of different cities in different states. Did they also mention that no animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets? Nor shall any animal drink alcohol to excess?

Rules for the winner appears to be pretty simple:

Mr. Katta used no third-party alterations on the phone mechanics (aside from the two widgets) and it was even checked beforehand by a Microsoft employee for preloads.

Then again, the entire contest mechanic itself seems silly (and rigged) since you can set your widgets almost anywhere; the Android won simply because it had one less step to take, but it still won. Had this been some sort of software benchmark contest, we may be seeing something completely different.

Interestingly enough, even Microsoft Senior Manager Ben Rudolph noticed the mishap and apologized on Twitter:

Of course, without any compensation.

To add more insult to injury (and due to the waiver agreement), Mr. Kattas then had to take a picture that read: “My Android was smoked by Windows Phone” before he was allowed to leave.

Yet, don’t be sad fellow Smashers, this story appears to have a happy ending:

Good show Microsoft.

Via TheDailyTech