Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Dec 2013 13:40 UTC
Windows

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?

Thread beginning with comment 578493
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
There's a saying...
by double8infinity8 on Wed 11th Dec 2013 16:09 UTC
double8infinity8
Member since:
2013-09-27

... that I'm sure we're all familiar with:

"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

As much as I don't care one whit for microsoft (and as much as I similarly no longer care one whit for google) - I don't see this particular bit of behavior as a sign of gross hypocrisy on MS's part.

( There's another saying, which I tend to prefer: "If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em!" )


Cheers

Reply Score: 4

RE: There's a saying...
by siraf72 on Wed 11th Dec 2013 16:53 in reply to "There's a saying..."
siraf72 Member since:
2006-02-22

"If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em!"


You wouldn't happened to have worked as an IT consultant at some point by any chance?

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE: There's a saying...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 11th Dec 2013 17:04 in reply to "There's a saying..."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

( There's another saying, which I tend to prefer: "If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em!" )


I'm adopting that as my new mantra.

Hopefully, it will be enough gas to power the funderlings over the next profit peak, before the gravity of low expectations suffocates their entrepreneurial flame.

Reply Parent Score: 2