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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Dual boot unlikely...
by rklrkl on Sun 6th Oct 2013 11:22 UTC
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If you look at what OS'es come pre-installed with computers since they were invented, I suspect you'd not a find a single successful one that came shipped with a dual boot setup. It's very obvious why - two OS'es to maintain (possibly without much or even any code sharing) and support would simply be too costly for OEMs.

Now a post-purchase way of running two OS'es easily (though you suspect the second one would be unsupported) is a much-desired thing. Whether it's via a grub-style boot menu, a VM or some sort of chrooted jail (e.g. see Ubuntu on a Chromebook), it's always useful to have this ability. This is why Secure Boot that prevents this is a big negative point in my book and why I won't touch devices like the Surface RT.

If I was going to mod the OS of an HTC phone, Windows Phone would be the *last* thing I'd want on it when there's CyanogenMod as a superior alternative.

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