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 already makes money on Android
by Bit_Rapist on Mon 7th Oct 2013 12:54 UTC
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I'd wager that MS makes more off its android "patent" deals than it does off of Windows Phone.

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chithanh Member since:

I hear that claim very often, but there seem to be no official statements on the amount of Android license payments from any vendor.

On the other hand, there is Huawei CEO Richard Yu who said that "Android is free" in a Financial Times interview in June.

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bnolsen Member since:

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.

Edited 2013-10-07 21:21 UTC

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glarepate Member since:

I'd wager that MS makes more off its android "patent" deals than it does off of Windows Phone.

Do you have any evidence that they make money from their own phone OS?

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