Microsoft is close to unveiling its new smartphones under the Windows 10 Mobile banner. Moreover, lots of rumors have started circulating already with an intent is to take advantage of the hype leading up to the event.
Microsoft a new company today
The most recent rumor claims of a major collaboration between Google and Microsoft to merge Google’s popular apps (Hangouts, YouTube, Google Voice and Google Play Music) with Windows 10. According to the reports, a Google spokesperson will also appear to make an announcement at Microsoft’s October 6th event.
The rumor comes from W4PHub.com, a relatively unknown website, and was first spotted by Redditor. Although the authenticity of the report may be questioned, there are several sign that point towards a potential partnership between Google and Microsoft.
Under Satya Nadella, Microsoft has transformed from an aging giant that keeps looking for opportunities to crush competitors to a friendly partner that believes in success through collaboration instead of competition. Microsoft’s Product Manager, Kirk Koenigsbauer, appeared onstage for the demonstration of Office for iPad for the new 12.9-inch iPad at the launch event in September.
Windows 10- to bring two rivals together
Microsoft and Google are major rivals, and offer services and products that directly compete with each other such as search engines, productivity tools and mobile operating systems among many other products and services. The companies had been involved in 20 patent lawsuits against each other, which they agreed to drop last Wednesday, September 30th. This might signal that long-held grudges could come to end under CEO Sundar Pichai and Nadella, says Tech Times.
While settling the patent disputes, Google and Microsoft noted in a joint statement that they are looking forward to working on joint projects in the future. Integration of Google’s Play Store into Windows 10 Mobile could be one such project. “Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers,” the statement read.
So really a major partnership between Microsoft and Google should not be that big a surprise, especially as Google wants to cash-in on the rising popularity of Windows 10.