Microsoft pushing for Facebook phone to run Windows Phone (rumor)

Microsoft pushing for Facebook phone to run Windows Phone (rumor)

Summary: The rumored Facebook phone has got Microsoft very interested, according to yet another rumor. Microsoft wants to convince Facebook to with Windows Phone over Google's Android.


The rumored Facebook phone is still just that: a rumor. Nevertheless, a new rumor is already suggesting that Microsoft is looking to convince Facebook to go with Windows Phone rather than Google's Android operating system for the device.

Redmond is still biding its time as Menlo Park apparently hasn't written anything in stone. Microsoft is, however, looking to pitch the switch for the following reasons, according to a single source briefed on Microsoft's mobile strategy cited by Business Insider:

  • Some of the appeal is being able to drive mobile traffic to Microsoft's online properties, particularly Bing.
  • Microsoft's grandest desire is deep penetration in mobile that will allow it to someday offer consumers an NFC-powered payments product.
  • Microsoft wants to do something like PayPal, but in the physical world. It wants to get there before Google figures out how to fix Google Wallet.
  • Microsoft is not particularly interested in the concept of location-based advertising.

Although Windows Phone includes native Facebook support (that is arguably better than what is available on all the other smartphone platforms), there is also a separate app (update coming soon) that extends the functionality by adding support for Pages, Groups, and other features. Unlike Facebook for Android and Facebook for iOS, Facebook for Windows Phone is not developed by Facebook: it's built by Microsoft.

In October 2007, Microsoft bought a 1.6 percent stake in Facebook for about $240 million, giving Facebook a valuation of $15 billion. Ever since then, the two companies have been best friends and have worked together on many different products, although now it's just mainly Bing.

Microsoft even provided display ads for Facebook at one point, but that deal has since expired and Facebook now competes with Microsoft in the online advertising market: Microsoft even pays Facebook for ads. Most recently, Microsoft struck a deal with Facebook over patents purchased from AOL.

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Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Windows, Social Enterprise

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  • So...

    Who needs it?
  • just another == private labeled phone

    good topic

    What happend to skype? Or that other IM for business-thing they are/were working on. What happened to this.

    And FB creating a phone, doubt they are creating from scratch as this would take a few years to accomplish. If they use the same dev kits that everybody else uses, it will be just another "private labeled phone" with FB installed by default. Who really needs this outdated ingrediant. Mobile phones and social networks are so 90's. They only people who still use them are tools with no real friends. I feel sorry for those types. And if you are a employee of loves their mobile, your ust a tool also, but as they have figured a way to get you to work for free on the time you should be off work. So hows does working 24.7 and only getting paid a reduced salary/hourly for 9-5 wages. Used.

    \\Another statement would be made;

    do you really want a company like MSFT that has publically announced they support domestic private-corporation spying on Cybor Intelligencia Sharin && (non)Protection Acto.

    To brief it in a few sentences like this; they know what your browsing(IE), they know what your typing (XP), they know what your searching for(bing), they know who you email(hotmail), they know what your read (nook), they know your friends(FB), they know who you call (winPhone), they know where you drive(msauto), they know wha games you play(xb), they know what cable tv you watch(new xb), they know what you buy (nfc),

    *A simple perspective is that the internet is declining. Internet development has already peaked and now flattened out. With less innovation we have already extended this project beyond its lifetime. Mobile has only tried to start over again using smaller devices, writing the same code in a different language with less expected outcome. I remember 56k and pc's back than were just as good online as the newest pc's available today. The USA speeds are buffered and china-filtered more, reducing throughput. We have gone backwards with tighter control and less bandwidth followed a monolopoly on the data pipes. MA-Bell still rules the show adn broadband couldnt get away from using their closets. Technology has flattened just by analyzing the mount of development the last five years. We already peaked and things are flat. The amount of users using the internet for anything useful is not what peple do anymore. They next generation of userbase is so brainwashed from controled environments of gaming, they do not know what true internet freedom was about. Expectations are low with the amount of marketed crap online. Never see any highquality development anymore. Mobile is overrated. A bunch of newbs who cant get away for two seconds without checking their facebook page for a comment. Which are majority of bots. Kids go by the amount of friends one has in a simpleton society. Friends that mean nothing to personal gain. Only wasteful timespent playing games. The nternet was a tool to make life easier for he world not compound your entire life into a 4inch screen. Its hard for kids nowadays to get information overloaded, as they sleep and check their facebook when on the toilet. The real business tomorrow is selling mediation o thee kids plus eye glassess to the adults that go blnd watching movies on a 4 inch screen at nighttime. The communication is lacking in the current generation as zero thought goes into anything without first consulting the interweb. When a cool kids walks by you, do not forget to check your facebook on your mobile phone, as this looks soo cool, you have so many friends...
    • CISPA?

      Microsoft announced support only if there were amendments to protect peoples privacy. Facebook however supports it whole heartedly. Google refuses to comment on the grounds that they might incriminate themselves.
    • You are a idiot!

      Do you ever feel like you're stupid, and petty? Yes, you probably do. You're a idiot, and by the length of your article, in a place you don't belong, it sounds like you're the one who is lacking companionship, and who needs to get a life. Go see a therapist, and get some help. Seriously! I hope you get better my friend.
  • Would not all the OS companies

    be pushing for that? If there is money to be made, I am sure they are all interested.
    Tim Cook
    • Microsoft has one goal

      That is complete control over every aspect of people's lives. Microsoft has a plan to co-opt every government once they can monopolize the digital world. Microsoft has it's web crawlers scouring the Internet looking for every bit of dirt on everyone. Things that can be used to control the masses. I know the Softies here will claim I'm paranoid, but why would Microsoft need to know details on ever aspect of your life, if not to use it as a control mechanism?
      Jumpin Jack Flash
      • Your not being paranoid!

        Your not being paranoid, but your describing Google not MS. Privacy and security is Microsofts bread and butter. Thats why Corporations and Governments use their software.
      • Amusal

        Google is a distraction, Microsoft is the one really cataloging every aspect of your life. The complaints of Google tracking your every move can also be applied to Microsoft, and to a lesser extent, Apple. Microsoft's greatest trick was to get the media to point the finger at others when Microsoft is doing the same thing.
        Jumpin Jack Flash
  • Monetize your searching skills!

    Learn how to make money using a billion dollar company like Google!
  • company are not people

    there is no such thing as companies being 'friend'
    • Companies are not people; but, people make the companies,

      and thus, companies end up being people, in the sense that, it's people who, on behalf of a company, make decisions.

      Remember that "company" denotes people, and a company is not the same as an inanimate object. A company, in the business sense, is a collection of people, acting together to accomplish certain goals.