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Microsoft planning to compete with Android by offering Windows for free

By Himanshu Arora · 26 replies
Dec 12, 2013
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  1. Microsoft is mulling the idea of providing Windows RT and Windows Phone to device makers for free in the near future, according to a report from The Verge. The report also says that the free versions of Windows RT and...

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  2. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +35

    Misleading title! Its not windows desktop os they are giving away!
    Littleczr likes this.
  3. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Evangelist Posts: 584   +299

    Not really, its kind of implied that it's referring to it's ARM OS's when it says "compete with Android". The Windows desktop OS doesn't complete with Anroid.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    It's competing with ANDROID... I think it's pretty obvious which version of Windows they would be giving away.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. nazartp

    nazartp TS Booster Posts: 178   +13

    Wondering if an antitrust case coming the MS way the moment they try to do so. Would be incredibly unfair, but quite possible.
  6. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,482   +521

    Only if Microsoft was at the top of the mobile sector would that even be the remotest of possibilities. As it is right now, they are often barely more than a blip on the market share pie charts.
  7. gcarter

    gcarter TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +35

    It is though "by offering Windows for free" - for anyone reading the title quickly it gives the impression that "windows" will be free!

    Title should have read Windows RT free or Windows Mobile free... the term "windows" has been associated with the desktop operating system for decades, hence my comment.
    dennis777 and Chuck Cortes like this.
  8. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 886   +382

    Good move imo, I could see Samsung jumping on this and expanding the ATIV line, as well as HTC trying some more windows phones. In the tablet sphere there are to many new tablets coming out with full windows 8 that include office for the RT devices to remain competitive. Intel and AMD have x86 chips that can run full blown windows 8 just as fast as a ARM chip on RT and get the same/ better battery life. But if there able to not pay for the OS we could see RT get into some really budget oriented devices, a market place completely dominated by google.
    spectrenad likes this.
  9. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 449   +36

    They should do it I really would like to see more manufacturers making windows phones.
  10. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,618   +941

    I think the Windows Phone UI needs a little more work. The tiles on the homescreen are a mess on the Nokia 1520 as well as the blank spaces on either side of the keyboard in landscape mode, as examples.
  11. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,707   +449

    You just got mega-flamed :p

    Anyway, brilliant move imho. Now if I can dual-boot or load this OS on my SD card, that will simply be icing on the cake :D
    Chuck Cortes likes this.
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,618   +941

    Sure, if you get your news from titles/headlines. If anything, the title should of sparked your curiosity enough to actually read the article.
  13. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Guru Posts: 441   +92

    Techspot! please don't start insulting us by misleading titles like ESPN. I hold you higher than ESPN. Good idea about microsoftby the way.
  14. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,834   +436

    Well, when I read the title I just said out loud. "Whaaaatt?!" and then clicked inthe article and realized. :( ....who cares about Windows Phone OS.... grumble grumble
  15. Duskywolf50

    Duskywolf50 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Oh man, Microsoft like to make many different OS and cause many confused for everyone expect geek. Like windows 8 for desktop, tablet, and phone too.
  16. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,834   +436

    Yea. I kind of agreed on this. But we are apparently the minority here. oh well
  17. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Windows Free really which one Next Windows and Android two different OS. Android build on top of Linux. LIke old saying I am a PC, I am Apple and I am Linux. I like to see what they're going to give us for free.
  18. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,482   +521

    To be honest, they are just about giving Windows away to most OEMs currently anyway, they'd just be going from small fees to none. If ASUS can build the T100 (10.1" touchscreen with docking keyboard included and running full Windows 8.1) for less than an iPad, MS must not be charging much for even full Windows licenses. Not to mention on the RT platforms, you are getting the OS plus Office.

    So, even if they truly start giving it away, I'm not so sure we'll see much impact on end user pricing.
  19. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,707   +449

    They need to cut it down to two. Windows for Desktops and Windows on the Go, ie for tablets and phones. For Xbox they should make basically either Windows Phone OS or mixture of desktop/phone.

    MOST OF ALL reduce the price of desktop windows by 50%, honestly £80+ for OS? Yeah no thanks. Or make upgrades form Windows 7 to Windows 8,9,10,11 cheap (pay £20 on top of your original license for an upgrade).
  20. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    I was hoping for free windows 8 hahaha

    windows mobile is kinda hard to use, unlike the old symbian days of nokia.
  21. rwburnham

    rwburnham TS Rookie

    Doing this for the Windows Phone OS makes sense. It's a great OS, but it needs a boost.

    As for RT, I have a Surface RT and I like it, but I feel like RT just isn't needed. You can get full x86 Windows 8 tablets for around $400 partially thanks to Intel's Atom chip. I have used some Atom-based tablets, and they all performed just fine. I understand what Windows RT is, but I can't imagine the average consumer understands the differences between that and regular Windows.

    I would love to see Microsoft release an Atom version of their Surface tablets and price it competitively. The Surface Pros are nice, but they're a bit thick for tablet use and they're pricey.
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Pricey how everything is again. Tablets with better CPU cost more than the cheap ones do. DELL VENUE Pro 8 not what I would call a good size tablet. 10.1" On the other hand some tablets are out 13" for $180 but those are Android base. They need to make a affordable tablet for Windows user. Throw in the keyboard with case. Why make that an options when you really need to get it. Silly marketing deployment. I will just have to wait this game out until I see better from Microsoft. I already have my Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with dual core Atom 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM on 9.7" IPS screen with 320GB SATAII HDD it has 32GB Micro SD HC slot. 2x USB 2.0 and HDMI and doc port.
  23. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Booster Posts: 118   +17

    Anti trust may still happen since they charge other carriers for using android. So it would not be a level playing field. Who would really want a Microsoft product anyway ...?
  24. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Booster Posts: 118   +17

    I can't wait for more android and Linux based laptops to come out running maybe on arm? Intel has stagnated for the last few years constantly delaying new features. Bring on some competition to bring out more features.
  25. Maybe some of the mfrs can up the res on their fairly crummy tabs to HD.(samsung?) Or is the low-res screen some sort of badge of honour, "hey I'm for work use only, no watching films or reading legible text on this puppy".
    I would have investigated Win-MO if the prices were similar for good devices, I looked around and best bang fer buck seemed to be the Nexus5 (purchased) and will probably be the Nexus8.3 Tab (when it arrives in Jan) or I could pay £650 for a Win8 tab with lower res/slower CUP.
    And of course where are the apps ?maybe that is the gulf too far, the bridge too late, the Horse that bolted.

    N.B. Is Nokia really Microsofts "trojan Norse"

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