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[2]: Difficult to be Microsoft
by darknexus on Sat 5th Oct 2013 14:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Difficult to be Microsoft"
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You're right, but this is also completely irrelevant. We're talking about Windows Phone here, not desktop Windows and they're not getting much return from WP right now by comparison to their other products. Offering WP for free would make a great deal of sense at this point, since no one other than themselves seem to want it. Plus, when you consider that MS has essentially coerced OEMs like HTC to pay them for Android, offering WP for free right now might look attractive. Personally I think the OEMs should tell Microsoft to fuck off after that little bit of mafia-style protectionism, but the OEMs will do what they think is best for their business in the end. Fortunately, at the moment, telling Microsoft to go shove it somewhere wouldn't hurt them all that much right now, as the customers want Android not WP anyway.

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