Uh... if that were true.... then WHY hasn't Linux destroyed Windows yet? Of course we do know why, the design of GNU/Linux which protected it from Microsoft and makes it powerful OS, is also its weakness. Only thing Linux needs is all Adobe products (and yet Adobe is on the "Linux Partners Silver class"), Intuit and better 3rd party video & printer drivers and they are set. MS-Office would help too, but that WON'T happen any time soon.Hey, you really can't compete with free.
MS & Nokia = same thing, pretty much before the backroom buyout... MS PAID Nokia to make WP phones. If Nokia went with Android, there would be a lot more phones sold in the bright colors. Oh well. And "seemingly", by the fact that only Nokia and MS are the ONLY ones making WP / RT devices is proof of that. Many companies did NOT make RT and WP devices for a reason, the rest... tried, but have pulled out before the 1st year of RT.Currently, Microsoft and Nokia are the only two device makers using the Windows RT platform. By eliminating the licensing fee, that scenario could change dramatically. Up until now, most PC makers have seemingly turned their backs on Windows RT, preferring to use Windows 8 Pro and Android instead.
So? HTC is struggling to survive. They don't have the resources to support another OS phone line. Their previous WP8 phones didn't sell well, even tho they had some advantages over Nokia. Unless MS pays HTC hundreds of millions of dollars to make an updated WP8 phone.... its not going to happen. HTC took a hit with the Facebook First phone. Which, is really a good little phone in of itself. IMHO, HTC should have re-flash the phones to standard Android 4.x and then sold them.Microsoft is already reportedly talking with HTC in hopes of eliminating the licensing fee if the phone maker installs Windows Phone on Android devices.