Microsoft in discussions with HTC for devices with both Windows Phone and Android installed
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft has asked HTC to start installing Windows Phone on its forthcoming devices with Android as an alternative operating system. The little market share of Windows Phone is obviously forcing Microsoft to go to extremes.
According to the sources, Microsoft has conducted preliminary talks with HTC to release the future handsets with two OS. The result is not clear yet, but the discussions will go on soon. It is not clear as well how HTC will deal with this as it is more complicated to have one device with two systems than two devices with one. Meanwhile, there are rumors that HTC will launch a version of One with Windows Phone.
It seems that Microsoft is ready to do a lot of compromises in order to motivate the OEMs to start manufacturing devices with Windows Phone. It is said that the head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, Terry Myerson, has proposed “cutting or eliminating the license fee”, which makes the operating system practically free. Although it is argued that HTC has no plans to launch future Windows Phone devices, the results of these negotiations are yet to be seen.