Microsoft's Bill Cox, senior director of Windows Phone marketing communications, has reacted to the Samsung vs. Apple verdict today. Moments after the jury awarded $1.049 billion in damages to Apple for Samsung's violation of various software, hardware design patents, and trade-dress dilution, Cox tweeted that "Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now."
Windows Phone is looking gooooood right now.— Bill Cox (@billcox) August 24, 2012
Samsung failed to win any damages from its Apple patent counter-suit after the jury determined that no monetary damages are owed for its claims. Samsung had claimed that Apple violated five patents with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and others. Today's verdict is a big win for Apple, although the damages are a relatively small price for Samsung to pay for its huge Android market share — despite the fact the verdict will likely shape the future use of Android by Samsung on its devices.
Microsoft's Frank Shaw, known for goading Google regularly via his Twitter account, offered his own rather subtle take on today's verdict by talking up the unique aspects of Windows Phone. "Love that UI. Fresh. Unique. Different. That is all," he tweeted.
Using Bing Local Scout on my Windows Phone to look for a place to drink a pint. Love that UI. Fresh. Unique. Different. That is all.— Frank X. Shaw (@fxshaw) August 24, 2012
We reached out to Microsoft for an official comment, but a company spokesperson says the software maker "isn’t commenting on the verdict."