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October 7, 2013

Microsoft in talks to offer Windows Phone OS option on HTC devices

An alternative Windows Phone as a second option on HTC’s Android devices has also been offered

By CBR Staff Writer

Microsoft is reportedly in talk with HTC to offer its Windows Phone operating system on the Android powered devices built by the Taiwanese smartphone maker, as part of its effort to boost its position in the competitive smartphone market.

Reports reveal that the US software major is also considering offering its software on HTC’s Android smartphones as a secondary choice.

Citing Microsoft operating systems division head Terry Myerson, Bloomberg reported that in September 2013, the software major had asked HTC to offer Windows Phone as a second option on its Android devices.

Further, Myerson has also revealed plans to reduce or drop the license fee to boost the possibilities of acceptance of deal.

The latest talks are reportedly at an initial stage, with no confirmation whether both the parties will agree on a deal.

Both the side is yet to agree on the technical details whether the HTC phone would feature both Windows and Android OS or the devices will have option for users to opt one OS as default. .

Microsoft has recently signed $7.2bn acquisition deal with Nokia, which is yet to receive approval from the shareholders.

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