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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Choice = good
by chithanh on Mon 7th Oct 2013 12:24 UTC
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I applaud this effort, whether it is going to be realized as dual-boot, OS choice screen on first power-on, or aftermarket offering. Increasing consumer choice will ensure that OS vendors do not become complacent and continue to innovate at a high rate.

But I do not think that it will be successful with Windows Phone 8. A problem is that WP8 is limited to dual-core Qualcomm SoCs (quad-core expected later this year or early next year). Any other SoC from Huawei, MediaTek, NVidia, Samsung etc. is unsupported. First high-end Android phones are already running on octo-cores, and Samsung already said that the next Galaxy will be 64 bit. Microsoft is totally mum on 64 bit ARM. So this offer will exclude both low-end and high-end phones, with only mid-range Qualcomm parts being able to participate.

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