Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Oct 2013 11:34 UTC

Microsoft is talking to HTC about adding its Windows operating system to HTC's Android-based smartphones at little or no cost, people with knowledge of the matter said, evidence of the software maker's struggle to gain ground in the mobile market.

Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems unit, asked HTC last month to load Windows Phone as a second option on handsets with Google's rival software, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Myerson discussed cutting or eliminating the license fee to make the idea more attractive, the people said. The talks are preliminary and no decision has been made, two people said.

I hope HTC and every other Android OEM flips Microsoft the bird. The shoe's on the other foot now, Redmond.

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RE: Difficult to be Microsoft
by Nico57 on Sat 5th Oct 2013 13:53 UTC in reply to "Difficult to be Microsoft"
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That would be a damn stupid move actually.

Windows and Office are still as strong as ever despite all the crap they've been piling in in the latest versions.

MS managed to impose a commercial model that no entrepreneur would even dream of, with their OS being forcefully bundled in virtually every computer sold in the world (IANAL, but AFAIK, this kind of "linked sale" is illegal in most European countries, but they still get to do it year after year).
And they get paid for it.

Doing away with this juicy business just makes no sense.

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