Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 13:40 UTC

The Verge is reporting that Microsoft is considering making Windows RT and Windows Phone free for OEMs, to combat Android.

We understand that any decision to axe the license fees for Windows Phone and Windows RT would be backed by a push for revenue from Microsoft’s apps and services. Microsoft has been experimenting with ads in Windows 8 apps, and any associated revenue from those apps and the company’s built-in Bing search results would help offset the lack of license fees. Microsoft would also push consumers to subscribe to services like SkyDrive, Office, and Skype for additional revenue.

So, let me get this straight. In April this year, a Microsoft-sponsored antitrust complaint about Android had this to say:

Google's predatory distribution of Android at below-cost makes it difficult for other providers of operating systems to recoup investments in competing with Google's dominant mobile platform.

And we have the whole Scroogled campaign (I felt dirty just for visiting that site).

And now they're considering doing the exact same things they claim Google is doing unfairly? Does this company have any internal consistency whatsoever?

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by theuserbl on Wed 11th Dec 2013 18:51 UTC
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It is like verytime with Microsoft, when they want to conquer a new market ("new" for Microsoft).

1. They sell licenses of its software with high price.
2. If nobody wants it, they sell it for a normal price.
3. If still nobody wants it, they sell it for a low price.
4. If again nobody wants it, they give it for free (free as in "free beer", not as in "free speach").

5. If still nobody wants it, they spend hardware and software for school and universities.

But they given't it away for free as in "free speach", like Google doing it with Android.

And if enough people are bound to the product (vender lock-in & Co) they raise the price.
They want to get all money back, they have spend for that with interest and compound interest.

So be warned: It is only a trap.

Edited 2013-12-11 18:54 UTC

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