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: Comment by kurkosdr
by darknexus on Sun 6th Oct 2013 11:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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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.

Exactly. It's not considered a "linked sale" to use the OP's terminology because one is useless without the other. A computer is useless without an operating system installed, and the OEMs are delivering what 99% of the population want because, you know, that's where the money is. Most people who don't care for Windows go for Macs anyway but, whether Windows or Mac, they come with an os that people can set up and just use right away and usually not break for a few years. A computer is a tool to get work done, not a religion.

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