As far as I know, Indian OEM's have low margins already. This is a welcome move by Microsoft to the OEMs as it will be a win win situation for both parties. OEMs can give their customers choice over Android and a good phone at a good price is likely to boost the market share of the OS.
Poor Microsoft ..how desperate u r... Google gave u a lesson u won't forget... Android all the way...
I always used to think that WP8 would be a more balanced platform unlike Android and iOS.
Android has too many devices, iOS too less.
Android is too open, iOS too restricted.
WP8 in the starting was balanced with just the right amount of devices almost all of which were made by a good OEM i.e. Nokia. The software side of things was the only part that needed fixing.
Now that software almost got fixed, they unbalanced the hardware side. Karbonn, Lava, Xolo, Micromax are TERRIBLE OEMs. I know because I am an Indian and I have heard the huge pile of complaints against then. They shouldn't be in the market and now they'll be making WP 8.1 phones too. Sorry MS, you are doomed to fail.
with Satya Nadella being CEO of Microsoft, I don't see it as a surprise at all
Raker, 13 Mar 2014android is not free. as OEM has to give money to M$(NOT GOOGLE). os tecnicaly WP is ONLY FREE ... moreAndroid is free, meaning ANYONE can use it. The thing that's not is using Google's apps to be preloaded with the device. That needs a license.
i wish i could buy kitkat like i bought my windows8 home edition...that'd be great...
the Small&Soft company that this day and age thinks it can charge for an operating system. Find something else to make money on. Like everyone else.
Eske Rahn, 13 Mar 2014Even if they paid me I would not any of the current WP-phones.
But if they started to give ... moreSeems that's what's happening to Samsung. Even paid millions, people still don't want to use them
"How bad are Samsung’s products that celebrities don’t want to use them even when they are paid literally millions of dollars to do so?"
Anonymous, 13 Mar 2014I thought Android was free as well? So whats wrong with WP being given free? Anybody knows how... moreandroid is not free. as OEM has to give money to M$(NOT GOOGLE). os tecnicaly WP is ONLY FREE Mobile OS now
007roh, 13 Mar 2014Instead of Bribing everyone they could use that money to increase there app list, make the OS ... more*their
They are already doing that for a long time... not just with every major developer team of course
Nokia should stop manufacturing WP devices PERIOD.
$250 million every quarter is just peanuts for Nokia. Nokia would throw away much more than that amount at the Court when other company sue's Nokia for being a CopyCat.
If Nokia manufacturers non forked version of Android they would be the World's No.1 mobile phone manufacturer again.
007roh, 13 Mar 2014Instead of Bribing everyone they could use that money to increase there app list, make the OS ... morewhat is the problem with the app list?!? dont get it?!
And if you dont like the OS feel free to use something else....simple as that.
really microsoft? really so desperate?
this so unfair for other company's.
Instead of Bribing everyone they could use that money to increase there app list, make the OS more customizable and add some good features to it..
Anonymous, 13 Mar 2014I thought Android was free as well? So whats wrong with WP being given free? Anybody knows how... moreGenerally, it's not bad. However, it must be something othet OEMs do not really like, as they were to pay for the WP usage, while being extorted as well for using Android (patent cases). Even Nokia technically had to pay license fees for it's Windows Phone products. The difference there was that Microsoft paid more for product development and marketing, combined with an exclusiveness deal, which ended this year (which is obvious with the arrival of Nokia's first Android devices).
In the end though, giving Indian companies a 'free license' makes Microsoft look, once again, a more and more unreliable business relation.