Rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt, but you shouldn’t ignore them entirely. A new rumors from leakster MSFTNerd claims that Microsoft is actually preparing to kill of Windows Phone and will instead offer Android with some of Microsoft’s own apps and services pre-loaded. It’s not the most likely rumor, but with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s recent mission statement, anything could be possible.
Microsoft is going through some big changes right now: it just sold part of Bing Maps directly to Uber and it seems like Windows Phone may soon be up for a change as well. Rumours are suggesting Satya Nadella and his Senior Leadership Team are discussing the option to drop Windows Phone from the mobile phone line and smaller tablets. According to leakster MSFTNerd Twitter account Microsoft would instead offer Android with particular apps and services pre-loaded. Take all this with plenty of salt, but it wouldn’t be the most unlikely thing to happen – especially as it comes just days after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sent staff a mission statement affirming that the company must “make some tough choices in areas where things are not working.” Microsoft previously made a deal to pre-load services on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge including Skype, OneNote and Office apps. The new rumours suggest Microsoft and Google would partner in a deal that would see the latter develop specific versions of Google Maps, YouTube and Search for the Microsoft desktop OS.