Menu
Microsoft, Motorola may work on Windows Phone 7 device

Microsoft, Motorola may work on Windows Phone 7 device

Microsoft sued Motorola for infringing patents with Android phones, but the companies say they may work on a smartphone.

Just days after Microsoft sued Motorola for infringing its patents with Android phones, the two companies are now saying they might work together to build a smartphone based on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 OS. On October 11 Microsoft will unveil the first devices to run the Windows Phone 7 OS, from the likes of Samsung and LG, and reports indicate that Motorola will soon join the fray.

Microsoft alleged that Motorola's Android phones violated a number of its patents that "relate to key features that users have come to expect from every smartphone," a Microsoft executive said in a blog post. One of the theories that emerged afterward was that Microsoft was trying to show manufacturers that Android is free to licence, but comes at a much higher cost measured against legal fees from patent lawsuits. And that is, of course, as Microsoft is revving up to launch its shiny new mobile OS.

Speaking at a conference in Germany, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer reportedly said his company is "excited to collaborate with anybody who wants to collaborate with us" on making a device running Windows Phone 7 OS. Motorola's co-chief executive, Sanjay Jha, also said this week that he is open to developing devices that run Microsoft's new OS, despite the patent-infringement lawsuit filed days earlier.

Motorola is using the Android mobile operating system from Google exclusively on all its smartphones so far, a move that has been very successful for a company that was in financial trouble a couple of years ago. When he came to helm Motorola in 2008, Jha said in an interview he wanted to work with Microsoft on delivering a phone with Windows software, but when Microsoft failed to deliver its new OS in 2009, Motorola stuck with Android exclusively.

Now that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS is ready, perhaps the Redmond giant's gentle lawsuit nudge would convince Motorola to rethink its Android exclusivity and make a Windows Phone 7 smartphone as well.

Follow Daniel Ionescu and Today @ PCWorld on Twitter.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags MicrosoftMotorolawindows phone 7Phonesconsumer electronics

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments