Would be funny if Google developed something like UEFI if mobile opened up to multiple operating systems.
> UEFI+SecureBoot can be implemented on ARM devices. And already is in almost every case, it just isn't turned on except for, as an example, most Verizon/ATT variants of phones.
Windows Phone 7 came out grabbing the tail of the disaster that was Windows Mobile 6.1 did not do them any marketing good.
I'm not so sure a dual OS booting phone will be a mainstream success.
(Be wanted OEMs to sell computers that dual-booted Windows 95 and BeOS. Microsoft retaliated by cutting off those manufacturers from the normal OEM discount on Windows licenses.)
So now that Microsoft wants more market share, suddenly dual-booting phones is okay, but I doubt they'll lift the secure boot restriction on their own devices.
IF they just stuck metro on android, they'd just be a UI skin.
Besides the fact that it would be a total rewrite?
How is rapid growth and significant marketshare 'irrelevant'?
Even if other vendors put Windows Phone on the back burner, Nokia phones are the most popular by far (according to most surveys 80% of the Windows Phones sold are Nokia phones). If they continue Nokia's tradition of good hardware at low prices, that can drive sales, while the ecosystem grows.
Also, it's not as if HTC is making big profits with Android. They'll probably want to spread their bets.
Apple Mac were doing well when they decided to dual boot with Windows. It is just a fact that Android is dominating so giving an option to boot to the dominating OS would let them to increase the installed base.
>"how does MS kool aid taste ?"
I am not the OC but why you have to be that rude?
>"Windows Phones are a disaster, that cost Ballmer his job."
I use the three OSs and WP8 is by far my favourite, it is very hard for me to see that as a disaster.
The insufferable propaganda that would ensue, plus a lot of Windows customers making an inconvenient conclusion.
Quickoffice (the app) also ain't too bad. But I don't know how well it compares to WP8 Office.
And MS wonders why it has such a bad reputation now.