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: Comment by Sisora
by WorknMan on Wed 11th Dec 2013 18:24 UTC in reply to "Comment by Sisora"
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This once again proves what they have been saying. Its difficult to compete with Google unless one gives the product for free and recoup the costs via intrusive ads.

That last part is key. If they want to put out a 'free' product and actually make money off it, there's always some features they have to leave out, even if it benefits end users, because it doesn't serve their bottom line. They'd also have to throw in some anti-features, regardless of whether it pisses off their users or not. Why do you think services like Facebook suck so much? There's a reason why my FB news feed randomly switches from 'Most Recent' to 'Top Stories', no matter how many times I set it. And you know it's not a bug either - you wouldn't see that kind of nonsense if it were a paid service.

Some people say that if we got rid of all the ads and bullshit, most of the 'free' internet would go away. To that, I say good riddance. Whatever is left, if it's of high enough value, I would be happy to pay for it.

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RE[2]: Comment by Sisora
by sisora on Wed 11th Dec 2013 18:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by Sisora"
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Well said worknman

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