Microsoft exec slams Facebook Home, calls Android 'complicated enough'


Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications Frank X. Shaw criticized Facebook's new Home launcher for Android, stating the concept is "remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago."

Last week, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the company designed Home to flip the script on the traditional mobile user experience paradigm, designing around people first and then focusing on app-enabled interactions, instead of vice versa. Writing on the Official Microsoft Blog, Shaw said Microsoft built Windows Phone in 2011 by following the mantra "Put People First," bringing content to the homescreen and integrating different messaging services into one conversation--two key selling points of Facebook Home.

"Millions of Windows Phone owners have already discovered how great a phone can be when it's designed this way, and they aren't shy about telling their friends. Naturally, some of those friends have been pretty frustrated that they haven't been able to get a 'People First' experience on their devices. So, we understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it," Shaw adds. "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." Blog