Windows on ARMMicrosoft is taking dead aim at Android, considering giving away Windows Phone and Windows RT for free to device makers in the hope of getting big market share. Will the ploy work, or is it a sign of desperation?

The Verge reports that Microsoft is considering taking a page from Google's playbook by giving away Windows Phone and RT to device makers in the hopes that it can gain revenue via advertising and Microsoft services such as SkyDrive. The idea is that a variety of Microsoft services would be the default on the devices, such as Bing for search and SkyDrive for storage. And the devices would include other Microsoft services, such as Skype.

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Windows on ARM - Windows RT