Micromax in talks with Microsoft regarding Windows Phone, still working on dual-OS tablet

Indian mobile device manufacturer Micromax is looking to launch new hardware for Windows Phone, according to a report on the IB Times. The company failed to make the list of new Microsoft partners announced at Mobile World Congress, pushing the mobile platform forward through 2014 and beyond.

The reasoning behind Micromax being omitted from such a list is down to the manufacturer still in active talks with Microsoft, as co-founder Vikas Jain confirmed with the Indian publication.

Redmond is believed to have waived the Windows Phone licensing fee for certain partners, which is why Micromax could still be negotiating terms for more affordable hardware to be produced for competitive emerging markets. It’s reported that both Lava and Karbonn have managed to score a deal with Microsoft.

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Interestingly, contrary to what’s happening with Asus, Micromax has confirmed that the company is still working to release its LapTab, a dual-OS tablet running both Android and Windows. That is until Microsoft and Google attempt to apply pressure to halt (or better scrap) plans for dual-OS devices.

Micromax showcased the LapTab back at CES 2014, but it'll be interesting to see whether or not this device hits store shelves soon. Well keep our eyes open for more Windows Phone (and Windows tablet) news surrounding Micromax.

Source: IB Times

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  • I don't support dual OS ... Only if I could run android apps through the Windows UI
  • Perhaps something related to the forked version of Android on the Nokia X devices is in the works as a potential dual-boot OS.  There must be more to that Nokia Android creation than merely the X phones if Microsoft is involved.
  • I like dual boot OS, but most so far, like Huawai, have changed their minds.
  • they change their minds due to microsoft and google's fight, google are afraid of microsoft due to their invension and their success way to gain customer, while microsoft hate google for blocking their youtube app, but all other wp yotube app doesn't get block and more other complicated things that i dont know.
  • I hope it happens do Android people can see it lags
  • And people can see the empty Windows Store. 
  • Are you planning to install al freaking 150.000 apps?
  • No, I'm saying that probably more than 149.000 of the 150.000 apps are just crap.
  • So you agree that,even Google play store is filled of  fart apps and more than 6 lac of the total 7 lac apps are just wallpapers and themes..LOL
  • HAHAHAHA yey sure the windows store doesn't have any app . . .
  • Drop a comment against WP on WPCentral? NotRPG but surely NotGENIUS either..
  • Well since their phones won't come to America I likely won't use them but I hope this is killed off like the others were. Android crap near windows phone is a no no to me.
  • Why does it matter if you're not using it? If it could drive support for Windows Phone, what's the problem?
  • yup dude.Same for me.Dont't like these cheap shit phones especially Adnroid.
  • Any one here ask them self the question....would ios dual boot? There not that stupid or desperate would android dual boot with either WP or ios ?...there definitely not that desperate or stupid! So why on earth would Microsoft think this is a good idea? A...yeah cause its worked in the past?
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  • What is Microsoft up to with this move?
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  • Google is doing monopoly in simple words