We love Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but it appears Microsoft may be pushing it a bit too hard in some of its stores. Sahas Katta of SkatterTech said he recently walked into a Microsoft store in order to participate in Microsoft’s “Windows Phone Challenge” competition, which awards a $1,000 laptop to anyone who is capable of proving their phone is faster than a Windows Phone.
Armed with a Galaxy Nexus, Katta figured he’d take the challenge. He stepped up and was told that the first person to load the weather from two different cities after a cold boot would win the race. Katta was happy — he knew he already had two widgets on his homescreen that displayed the weather for two separate cities. He booted his Galaxy Nexus and beat the store representative by a hair, but was still told he had lost the challenge. In Katta’s own words:
I asked for a reason and was told Windows Phone won because “it displays the weather right there.” That was rather unclear. I showed her my device which also was showing off the same information with two side-by-side weather widgets on the center home screen. After pressing for a better reason, I was told that Windows Phone won “just because.”
Katta then explained that another store representative came by and said that he had to show the weather from “different cities in different states.” A bit of knowledge that Katta said wasn’t explained to him ahead of the competition. The rep then concluded that he had lost “just because.”
Another Microsoft employee named Ben Rudolph, however, apologized to Katta for the mishap on Monday morning and offered him the laptop and a Windows Phone device.