Microsoft acted quickly to rectify its mistake of refusing to offer the winner of its “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge by offering him a free laptop and Windows phone to make up for his original prize.
“Smoked by Windows Phone” is a marketing campaign run by Microsoft in which it is demonstrated that most common actions could be done quicker using a Windows Phone. This campaign, which was introduced by Microsoft at the Mobile World Congress 2012, worked so well that the software giant turned it into a global campaign. However, recently it resulted in some bad publicity when a winner was refused his prize, a US $1,000 PC.
A guy by the name of Sahas Katta participated in a US $1,000 Windows Phone challenge in Santa Clara's Microsoft Store. Katta used a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is powered by Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system and had his lock screen disabled with two weather widgets on his home screen. The challenge was to bring up the weather of two different cities. Katta claims in his blog post that he won the challenge, but was refused his prize.
To avoid exaggeration of this issue, Microsoft's Ben Rudolph issued an apology to the distraught Katta and offered a new laptop, phone, and an apology for the mess, via Twitter.