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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RE: Dirty
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 14:56 UTC in reply to "Dirty"
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You mean to tell me you think Eric Schmidt really "does no evil"?

No, I do not mean to tell you that.

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RE[2]: Dirty
by leech on Wed 11th Dec 2013 15:55 in reply to "RE: Dirty"
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I generally feel dirty if I go to Google or Bing these days, and simply stick to DuckDuckGo everywhere. They are the way search engines should be.

They even kindly ask, if you're using an adblocker, to white list them for a tiny bit of revenue. Personally I'd rather reply to that by giving them some sort of donation and keeping the ads out of my Internet experience.

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RE[3]: Dirty
by twitterfire on Wed 11th Dec 2013 16:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Dirty"
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I'd dirty not only if I'd use google or bing, but if I'd use DuckDuckGo, too. I distrust DDG as much as I distrust google.

I'd rather use

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RE[2]: Dirty
by Kochise on Thu 12th Dec 2013 07:50 in reply to "RE: Dirty"
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[OFFTOPIC] Thom, don't you ever read your mails ? [/OFFTOPIC]


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