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Windows Phone Doesn’t Have Snapchat, But Now it Has WindUp

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There’s no official Snapchat app for Windows Phone right now, but don’t worry — Microsoft is offering an equivalent that might do in a pinch. The new WindUp app covers very similar ground, letting you send media and messages that disappear after a set amount of time; you’re supposed to “wind up” your friends by giving them just a brief glimpse of what you’re sharing. No, we don’t get the (fairly contrived) explanation any more than you do, but Microsoft isn’t worried about marketing here. While this technically competes with services like Snapchat, it’s really a research experiment meant to explore how people “create, share and converse,” not to topple someone else’s messaging empire. Don’t expect WindUp to evolve or reach other platforms, then. Even so, it may be worth checking out if you’d like a ephemeral chat app focused solely on Windows Phone fans.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of Fox Television’s "Shelly Palmer Digital Living" television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.