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Microsoft asks HTC to make WP8-powered One

Microsoft has approached HTC to make a Windows Phone 8 version of its HTC One smartphone.


Bloomberg reports that Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head of operating systems approached HTC last month.

He is said to have asked HTC to load Windows Phone 8 on many of its top Android handsets, including the award winning HTC One. which scooped several gongs including Phone of the year in the annual T3 Gadget Awards 2013sponsored by Ford SYNC.

Myerson is said to have offered to lower or even eliminate the licensing fee if HTC agreed to launch Windows Phone 8 versions of its popular handsets.

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He is understood to have asked HTC to consider making either a Windows Phone version, or a model where the user can choose to run either Android or Windows Phone 8.

How the deal would work has yet to be worked out.

Neither Microsoft, nor HTC have confirmed the talks. Bloomberg has said that they were private and preliminary.

Analysts have predicted that Microsoft would be likely to seek a second partner after it purchased Nokia’s mobile phone division last month.

HTC was mooted as the most likely phone maker Microsoft would target.

In the past, it has offered two Windows Phone handsets. Neither performed particularly well. Since then, the Taiwanese company has focused predominately on Android phones.

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Myerson is not the only executive courting new partners.

Outgoing Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer and several other senior executives are understood to have travel to Beijing last week.

They are believed to have been talking to several phone makers who have traditionally focused on Android.


BlackBerry reportedly in talks with Google, Samsung, and more about bids

BlackBerry has reportedly asked tech giants Google, LG, Samsung, and more about potential bids for the sale of the company

First reported by Reuters, BlackBerry has asked for "preliminary expressions of interests" from tech companies such as Google, Samsung, LG, Intel, and Cisco.

Recent news from the smartphone business revealed 4,500 job cuts alongside a huge financial loss of $965m for Q2, $934 of which was due to what BlackBerry said was a "Z10 inventory change".

The company is now reportedly in talks about selling all or parts of itself to the highest bidders.

The 'preliminary expressions of interest' should come forward by early next week, according to sources.

Last month BlackBerry was bought by Fairfax Financial in a $4.7 billion (£3 billion) takeover.

At the time of sale, BlackBerry said that the talks were not exclusive and it was continuing to "actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotations" with other potential buyers.

Following reports such as BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis warning fellow directors against the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, it is unclear whether other tech companies will make bids.

"Possible bidders are proceeding with caution given the uncertainty around BlackBerry," Reuters reports.

According to Reuters, private equity firms have showed an interest in BlacBerry but have asked for additional financial details about its various business segments - which could take a few weeks.

Source: Reuters