Microsoft currently charges smartphone and tablet makers for each Windows Phone smartphone and Windows RT tablet they release, and now it would appear that Microsoft is rethinking its mobile strategy.
Google’s Android OS is free to device makers, and Microsoft is apparently considering doing a similar thing with Windows Phone for smartphones and Windows RT for tablets.
According to a recent report by The Verge, Microsoft OS Terry Myerson is considering making both Windows RT and Windows Phone free to manufactures.
Microsoft currently charges Windows Phone handset makers a fee for each device, although the majority of the devices that are sold at the moment are from Nokia, around 80 percent of Windows Phone sales are Nokia devices.
As Microsoft is taking over Nokia’s smartphone business, it will no longer get license fees from Nokia, and may remove these fees from other manufacturers in an attempt to get wider adoption of their mobile platform.
By making Windows Phone a free platform, Microsoft could do a similar thing that Google did with Android, as it could encourage more manufacturers to produce Windows Phone smartphones.
Source The Verge