Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Oct 2013 11:34 UTC
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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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by Nelson on Sat 5th Oct 2013 17:57 UTC
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I believe the deal is intended to get HTC to produce Windows variants of their Android flagships, not necessarily dual boot existing configurations.

I'd go a step further and push for a Nokiaesque partnership. Capital, subsidies, and exclusivity.

Nokia outsells even HTC at this point, so surely they're in need of some help.

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