Microsoft Research is trying to dispel the idea that their recently launched Windows Phone app, WindUp, was created to serve as a competitor to popular temporary messaging services like Snapchat.

While we noted the similarities to Snapchat in our original article on WindUp, other media outlets apparently took the next step and stated the app was going to directly compete with Snapchat. In a blog post, Richard Harper, the lead developer of WindUp, stated that the app was released in order to learn how people communicate, create and share content.

Harper wrote:

"WindUp is a mobile application for research purposes only that enables users to share images, videos, text, and audio snippets for a finite period of time, or for a designated number of views, before the content in question is deleted permanently. The application is designed to enable me and my team to explore patterns of content creation and exchange. It isn't meant to compete with anyone else's service, and it isn't meant for commercial purposes."

Harper added that he does hope people download and use WindUp and that they also send the Mircosoft Research team any feedback they might have on the app. If you have used WindUp, what is your opinion on the app?

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