Microsoft figures customers will be more likely to switch from Android smartphones to Windows 8 phones if it makes it easier to find the same or similar apps for their new phone as were on their old phones. So Microsoft is planning to launch an application called “Switch to Windows Phone” for the Android platform. The app is expected to ease any app availability concerns of users who consider switching from Android platform to Windows Phone.
This will transpire over a month-long period. Four different acts have been picked up to perform. How well people looking to see a concert will transform into technology hype is hard to gauge, but Microsoft can certainly afford the experiment.
To promote the Windows Phone mobile line, and its recent update, the Mango release, Microsoft is taking its smartphone platform around the United States, throwing parties in its name, dishing out the booze, and hiring local talent to put on a show.
Microsoft has warned that tickets are quite limited for the event, and is encouraging people to sign up in a hurry. TNW Microsoft will likely visit the Chicago event, and will report on its doings once the hangover wears off.
Right, to the dates, in case you are into such things:
- November 11 & 12 Featuring: The Drums
- November 30 & December 1 Featuring: MuteMath
New York City
- November 7 & 8 Featuring: Matt and Kim
- November 16 & 17 Featuring: Young The Giant
- December 6 & 7
Microsoft does know how to throw a party. At least the drinks are more than functional.
How does this sort of thing boost a smartphone line? I can appreciate the need for ‘buzz,’ but is this the way to go about getting it? Perhaps if there was a music service tie-in, but as it stands.
Microsoft has said its mobile phones running Windows Phone 7, the company’s newest mobile operating system, are not keeping location data without alerting users.
Microsoft was the target of a lawsuit last week when security experts determined that Windows Phone 7 cameras were capturing location data whenever owners took a photo without alerting the user. The phone allegedly sends that location data to Microsoft, according to the lawsuit. Microsoft has said any location data cannot be correlated with a specific user, which ensures privacy.
First reported by Reuters, the new lawsuit against Microsoft was filed in a Seattle federal court Wednesday. The suit claims that Microsoft intentionally created software on its Windows 7 operating system designed to ignore users’ requests to not be tracked.
The recent suit alleges that despite previous claims of innocence, Microsoft devices still transmit users’ location data without their consent. Specifically the suit claims that Microsoft is illegally collecting the latitude and longitude coordinates of devices running the OS’ camera application.
The suit seeks an injunction against devices running the software, punitive damages and a number of as yet undisclosed “remedies.”
In response to the allegations Microsoft has issued a fresh statement, again insisting its devices do not illegally track users’ locations.
One Among Many
The lawsuit follows a similar case made against Apple earlier in 2011. The case was mounted after concerns arose suggesting that Apple’s popular iPhone series of smartphones collected and stored users’ locations for up to a year, even after the owner had turned the tracking software off.
The suit, reported by Bloomberg in April 2011, was mounted by Apple customers Vikram Ajjampur inFlorida, and William Devito in New York.
The report listed two claims by computer programmers who said they discovered code proving Apple’s iOS 4 operating system collected and logged users’ latitude-longitude coordinates.
Following the U.S. lawsuit a number of other complaints about iOS devices alleged illegal data collection have arisen. Most recently in early August Apple was found guilty and fined by South Korea’s communications regulator for illegally collecting users’ data.
The regulating authority reportedly fined Apple $2,855 after ruling that the company’s iPad tablet did illegally collect and store users’ location data.
A similar series of allegations have also been mounted against Google’s Android operating system, both in the U.S. and numerous other locations across the globe.
- Microsoft denies Windows Phone 7 spies on user locations (electronista.com)
- IBTimes: Microsoft issues statement on Windows Phone location-tracking lawsuit (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Microsoft denies that it’s gathering data from Windows Phone cameras (thenextweb.com)
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