Microsoft Reportedly Asking HTC To Add Windows Phone To Android-Based Handsets
Now, according to a Bloomberg report, Microsoft is knocking on HTC's door with a nugget of hope: it wants to add Windows Phone to HTC's Android-based phones "at little or not cost." HTC was a prior Windows Phone partner, and officially, it probably still is. But the reality is that the masses don't want Windows Phone, and HTC has all but stopped supporting the OS. Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s operating systems unit, has reportedly asked HTC to reconsider, but instead of hawking standalone WP8 products, he's asking if they'll offer phones with two operating systems onboard.
It's a radical suggestion, and if HTC bites, it's one that could have an impact across the industry. Twin-OS products generally have not sold well to the masses, as there's a higher level of confusion that many prefer to avoid. Power users may be interested, but how many power users are there? Enough to support an HTC turnaround? Of course, these discussions are still only discussions at this point, and it's very possible that HTC will just walk away and decline the request. Still, when you're this far down, it may be worth the gamble just to see.