“Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, asked HTC last month to load Windows Phone as a second option on handsets with Google Inc.’s rival software, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private,” Culpan, Bass and Burrows report. “Myerson discussed cutting or eliminating the license fee to make the idea more attractive, the people said. The talks are preliminary and no decision has been made, two people said.”
“It’s willingness to add Windows as a second operating system underscores the lengths to which Microsoft will go to get manufacturers to carry its software. HTC, the first company to make both Windows and Android phones, hasn’t unveiled a new Windows-based handset since June and has no current plans to release any more, said one person,” Culpan, Bass and Burrows report. “Microsoft, with 3.7 percent of the market, is finding it necessary to make concessions after agreeing to acquire Nokia Oyj’s handset unit, which competes with other smartphone makers.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Imagine having to decide if you want your phone to be an iPhone knockoff or a non-selling also-ran suffering from terminal AppLack™.
We pity those without iPhones.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]
Beleaguered HTC prays for merger after first quarterly loss – October 4, 2013
Beleaguered HTC sees Q3 revenue sliding as much as 30 percent, missing forecasts – July 30, 2013
Beleaguered HTC profit plunges 91% – January 7, 2013
Apple and HTC settle global patent battle – November 11, 2012
More blood on Apple iPad’s touchscreen: HTC exits U.S. tablet market – October 10, 2012
Boom! Apple sues HTC for infringing on 20 iPhone patents – March 2, 2010
HTC CEO Chou sees ‘huge advantage’ over Apple iPhone, calls Apple’s phone design ‘quite weak’ – September 11, 2007