Motorola: We're 'completely open' to Windows 8

Chief executive Sanjay Jha has said that if Motorola can get the same treatment as Nokia, it will consider using Windows 8 on its tablets, which are currently based on Android

Motorola has said it will consider using Windows 8 on its tablets, noting that it would welcome getting the same treatment Microsoft gives smartphone partner Nokia.

Sanjay Jha

Motorola's chief executive Sanjay Jha jas indicated the company would be willing to consider putting Windows 8 on its tablets. Photo credit: Josh Miller/CNET News

The electronics company's chief executive, Sanjay Jha, said on Tuesday that while all of the company's focus is currently on the Google Android operating system, it has not ruled out using a Microsoft OS on future devices.

"We're completely open to the notion of Windows as a platform," Jha said at the Oppenheimer Annual Technology & Communications Conference. "We're not leading the charge with Windows 8, but as we become comfortable that it is a viable ecosystem, and that the quality of innovation, and quality of services, and quality of capabilities are being delivered there, we will certainly be open to thinking about that."

Jha also noted Nokia's deal with Microsoft to produce smartphones based on Windows Phone, remarking that the Finnish handset maker seems to be "disproportionately" well positioned within the ecosystem for the operating system.

"If our position in that ecosystem could be made to be somewhat equivalent, that would be an interesting option for us to consider," he said.

In June, Jha complained that the openness of the Android Market was leading to the listing of badly written apps, which then made their way onto Motorola hardware. He estimated that 70 percent of returns of Motorola Android devices were prompted by applications not performing well.

Patent lawsuits

Motorola is signalling its openness to Windows despite being locked in a courtroom battle with Microsoft over patents. In October, Microsoft filed an International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint and a patent infringement suit against Motorola over its Android-based handsets. The Windows maker alleges that Motorola's Android devices infringe on nine of its patents for smartphone functionality such as email, calendar and contact syncing.

Microsoft followed up with a second suit in November, accusing Motorola of levying excessive licensing costs for the wireless networking and video decoder technology used in the Xbox.

Motorola responded to the filings with a countersuit against Microsoft. The software maker is infringing on 16 of Motorola's patents in its "Windows OS, digital video coding, email technology including Exchange, Messenger and Outlook, Windows Live instant messaging and object-oriented software architecture", Motorola said in a statement at the time.

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