In a bid to gain more ground in the mobile market, Microsoft is looking to add its Windows operating system to HTC‘s Android-based smartphones. Microsoft may even reduce or eliminate its licensing fee for Windows Phone to make it more appealing to HTC. HTC seems to be a target because it’s a former partner that has already built both Windows and Android hardware. The Windows platform will be a second option on the HTC handsets with Google Inc. (GOOG)‘s rival software.
Microsoft, with 3.7% of the market, is finding it necessary to make concessions after agreeing to acquire Nokia Oyj (NOK1V)’s handset unit, which competes with other smartphone makers. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, is said to be planning to visit Asia this month and meet with senior executives at Taoyuan, Taiwan-based HTC to discuss his proposal.
It isn’t clear exactly how the two operating systems would share the handset, in terms of allowing dual-booting or making a user choose a default at device setup, but it’s a sign Microsoft may be thinking about pulling out all the stops to get people using its mobile OS.
We will be sure to keep you updated with any further information on this as it arises.
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