New reports indicate that French manufacturer Archos is planning to dip its toe into Microsoft's mobile phone operating system.
According to Archos' chief executive Loic Poirier, the company is planning on releasing a handset that will run Windows Phone software. He added that the handsets will probably be budget-friendly options to give users another options from its Android offerings.
Although still substantially behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system, Microsoft's Windows Phone was the fastest growing software in 2013.
“We will launch a Windows Phone handset when the time is right,” he told TrustedReviews before adding that the firm's main focus will still be on Android.
Microsoft-owned Nokia is currently represents the vast majority of Windows Phone sales but many other manufacturers, such as ZTE, have spoken about making steps towards the software.
Rumours earlier this year suggested that Microsoft was cutting its licencing fees to get more people to sample and run its software.
Posted by Peter Robinson