Microsoft wants HTC to make phones that dual boot Android and Windows Phone (what?!)

According to a new report from Bloomberg, “people with knowledge of the matter” say that Terry Myerson, the head of all of Microsoft’s operating systems, has asked HTC to add Windows Phone as a second option to their Android phones. HTC wouldn’t even have to pay for a Windows Phone license, as long as they make devices that dual boot both Google’s mobile OS and Windows Phone.

Isn’t Microsoft happy to have Nokia? Why do they need or want to deal with HTC? The piece goes on, saying that despite Microsoft becoming a vertical player, they still want other companies to use Windows Phone, which is a strategy that has never once succeeded in the history of operating systems. If you make an OS, you either sell it to everyone and don’t compete on hardware, or you make your own hardware and then sell licenses to no one.

Seeing as how HTC just reported their first quarterly loss, should they take Microsoft’s offer? I’m going to have to go with no. There’s zero financial incentive, and worst of all, it’s going to tax HTC’s engineers even harder. Plus, how would they explain to customers that with a switch of a button they can use a totally different operating system?

Dual booting is something geeks do, not normal people.

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  • Gautam

    Microsoft needs to get Elop to join HTC to agree to such a deal.

  • SmartphoneHelp

    Dual boot Android or WP8? Never! If you just take a look at such a concept from a distance and above all, from a technical point of view, it is clear that such a thing just can’t be possible. My guess is this story originates from a noob who completely misunderstood what he thought he heard. I think it is most probable that Microsoft talked to HTC on switching completely to WP8, just like Nokia did, because they can’t get profitable on Android. Perhaps they even looked if existing HTC Android hardware could be altered to run on WP8? Sort of like how Nokia shipped the first Lumia 800 on existing N9 hardware? To do such a thing on existing Android hardware is not an obvious thing at all, by far. It would demand serious technical hardware alterations.

  • Kraken

    “Microsoft becoming a vertical player, they still want other companies to
    use Windows Phone, which is a strategy that has never once succeeded in
    the history of operating systems.”

    What about Google owning Motorola?