Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its new CEO Satya Nadella. Then after that, we noticed something different from Microsoft. The company may now slash the license fees of Windows 8.1 so that hardware manufacturers could lower down the prices of their tablets and laptops. To further compete with Android, Microsoft may also cut Windows Phone license fees up to 70%. This move could make Windows Phone compete better with Android in terms of pricing.
More good news! Microsoft has also announced its new hardware partners – Gionee of China and Karbonn and Xolo of India. We all know Gionee. They have wide presence in other countries like India and now doing some aggressive move in the Philippines in terms of marketing. We have reviewed two of their handsets, the Gionee ELife E6 and Gionee Pioneer P2. Xolo and Karbonn are the hardware suppliers of our local smartphone brands – Cherry Mobile, Starmobile and MyPhone. If these two will make Windows Phone, it will most likely that we will see Windows Phone powered Cherry Mobile, Starmobile and MyPhone in the near future!