Microsoft wants to hear about your Android malware problems.. so it can promote Windows Phones

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

So much for the season of goodwill to all man.

That certainly counts for nothing between warring rivals in the smartphone business, if the following tweet is to be believed.

Yes, Microsoft’s official Windows Phone account clearly thinks that spreading stories about Android phones suffering from malware equates to better sales of Windows Phones. Just in time for Christmas! Kerrching!

Need more convincing? Just take a look at what Microsoft’s Windows Phone was saying yesterday (with a generous plug for the newly-published Sophos Threat Report):

Readers of Naked Security will remember that Microsoft tried the same tactics last December, where it first started using the hashtag #droidrage.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.