(Source: Warner Bros.)
Microsoft makes good on its original promise

Microsoft's "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion caught a little unwanted attention this morning when it was revealed that an Android user was denied a laptop worth $1,000 for defeating a Windows Phone in a simple task. In this case, the task was to turn on the phone and display weather information from two different cities.
Although Sahas Katta actually won the challenge thanks to a setting available in Android-based operating systems to bypass the lock screen, he was told that he lost "just because" by the "winning" Microsoft employee. Another Microsoft employee stated that the weather information had to be from two different cities located in two different states – Katta’s widgets had weather information from two different cities located within the same state.
After Katta vented his frustrations on the web, Windows Phone guru Ben Rudolph took to Twitter to sorta apologize for the incident and invited him back for a rematch.
This wasn't enough, however, for other Twitter commenters who stated that Microsoft should make good on its original promotion and give Katta the laptop.
It now appears that Rudolph is looking to squash the whole incident and is giving into the pressure to reward Katta:
So Katta is now getting not only the originally promised laptop, but also a brand new Windows Phone. No too shabby for “smoking” Microsoft fair and square.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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