It is no secret that I am generally not a great fan of Microsoft. There used to be two exceptions to this:
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Windows CE
Yes that’s right – Windows CE. I actually bought one of these little beauties just when it came out:
And that was quite an awesome little device. Later when HP moved into Mobile phones, based on what had then became known as Windows Mobile, I also bought one of those.
The problem with these devices was not the hardware, nor was it the Windows operating system. The problem was in each case that Microsoft made an operating system, sold the device and then promptly moved on to something else. As a customer or user of these devices you never had the feeling that Microsoft was interesting in driving the product experience forward. And that is precisely why I, when Nokia announced they were going with Windows on their phones, went out and bought myself an Android phone. And I haven’t looked back since.
A few days ago, Microsoft came with a bit of a surprise announcement – an Android Application. Yes that is right – Microsoft actually went ahead and created an Android Application – known as Switch to Windows Phone, and they made the application available in Google’s application store – Google Play.
According to the description, the purpose of this application is to aid the move to Windows Phone:
Are you thinking about switching to Windows Phone and want a convenient way to migrate your app experiences over? Look no further, Windows Phone has an app for that!
Use Switch to Windows Phone to see how many of your Android apps are available on Windows Phone. Just run Switch to Windows Phone on your Android, and this app will check to see if your installed apps are available in the Windows Phone Store. It’s that easy.
Then (if you choose) Switch to Windows Phone can save your results so you can retrieve them later on your new Windows Phone and install the apps. You don’t need to remember every app you had on your Android, and you download only the apps you want.
• Scan the installed apps on your phone
• Find the Windows Phone equivalents
• Save the personalized match results to retrieve later on your Windows Phone
I am fairly happy with Android at the moment, so it is not as if I plan to switch to a Windows Phone, but still – I am a curious sort of person, so I did want to check this out. Unfortunately:
A few of these devices are no-name Chinese tablets, but my primary phone at the moment is a Samsung Galaxy S2, and that is still a fairly common phone (reaching it’s end of life, which is exactly when someone might consider buying a new phone).
Needless to say I am not impressed, and it would appear I am not alone:
So, do I consider switching to Windows Phone? Nah, I think I’ll stick with Android.