Microsoft corporate vice president of communications Frank Shaw has attacked Facebook, claiming its Home Android skin is a People Hub knock-off.
Shaw made the claim in a blog post on Friday, saying that that the Windows Phone People Hub unveiled on Windows Phone 7 offers exactly the same functionality as Facebook home.
"I tuned into the coverage of the Facebook Home event yesterday and actually had to check my calendar a few times," wrote Shaw.
"Not to see if it was still April Fools Day, but to see if it was somehow still 2011. Because the content of the presentation was remarkably similar to the launch event we did for Windows Phone two years ago."
The Microsoft vice president said that the firm had taken the exact same people-first approach as Facebook when designing the Windows Phone UI, aiming to avoid the app-centric interfaces housed on Android and iOS.
"When we sat down with a blank sheet of paper and designed Windows Phone, we put three words on the wall to guide the team: Put People First," wrote Shaw.
"Millions of Windows Phone owners have already discovered how great a phone can be when it's designed this way, and they aren't shy about telling their friends. So, we understand why Facebook would want to find a way to bring similar functionality to a platform that is sadly lacking it."
Facebook Home was unveiled by company founder Mark Zuckerberg late on Thursday. The UI is designed to further integrate Facebook services like chat into the Android operating system.
Home will be available as a download on the Google Play store for the HTC One, HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S4 on 12 April. It will also be released pre-installed on the newly announced HTC First on the same day.
For a more thorough look at Facebook Home, check out V3's opening hands-on impressions.
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