Microsoft to start a bromance

The software giant, Microsoft, launched a new app for its Windows Phone 7 called Onit, described as a “guy’s guide to girls, cars, gadgets, fitness, and life advice, plus a touch of humor.” Because, after all, who better to turn to for advice for help with “the ladies” than Microsoft.

The free app promises to select men’s lifestyle content from magazines and Web sites. Onit plans to offer auto reviews, sports highlights, workout tips and fashion advice. The folks at the Windows Phone 7 app-watching site, using what appears to be Microsoft-written marketing copy, gush that “MSN Onit brings you a weekly dose of beautiful women, financial tips, the gadgets you need, the technology you lust after, and local news.”

Clearly, Microsoft wants to tap the 18-34 year-old male demographic, a lucrative market if ever there was one for mobile advertising. That’s why, in addition to all the Maxim-like offerings, the app will also promote local activities for guys to hit, presumably as they trawl for action. And Onit will also offer tips for picking beers.

Just as Microsoft is playing catch-up with the iPhone with its Windows Phone 7, so too is it coming from behind with men’s lifestyle apps. The iTunes store already offers apps such as iGentleman, a self-proclaimed men’s style guide, and The Men’s Book, which describes itself as “the ultimate resource for the stylish, affluent man.” Whether or not men will turn to Microsoft to sort out their dude-needs remains to be seen. Then again, if you’re even thinking about downloading the app, chances are, it couldn’t hurt.






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