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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by kurkosdr on Sun 6th Oct 2013 10:13 UTC
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with their OS being forcefully bundled in virtually every computer sold in the world

Umm... No. Nothing, I mean NOTHING prevents you from buying a PC with linux or pc-bsd preinstalled ( ). The reason most PCs you see at your local computer store have Windows in them is because this is what most people want, sorry. Be it for the software (hello Pinnacle Studio, MS Office and Photoshop), the fact you don't have to upgrade to the latest version immediately because most Windows software gets backported to old versions, (while on Linux distros, devs assume you should have the latest version) and because Linux upgrades might break, or just because it's easier to get support from friends (cousin Jimmy) for Windows.

There is no conspiracy. OEMs have no problem selling the majority of smartphones and tablets with Android and selling servers with Linux pre-installed. If there was demand for Desktop Linux, OEMs would pre-install it

(IANAL, but AFAIK, this kind of "linked sale" is illegal in most European countries, but they still get to do it year after year).

Or, it would be that people expect a computer to just work (aka have an OS) when they plug it in, instead of seeing a message like "No operating system found". The nerd fantasy of PCs being sold blank and the user installing the OS of their choice has no application in the real world.

Edited 2013-10-06 10:14 UTC

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