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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MS loves to make darn certain that terms of any agreements it makes are non public, that includes dollar amounts and even the patents they are threatening people with. Under the table deals are MS's specialty.

Economic aspects of contracts are understandably subject to mutual interest and agreements and as so it is business as usual to be private (not for public institutions, of course) but the list of patents involved should be obligatorily disclosed by law as it is more likely than not that they work contrary to the interests of society.

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