Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) plans to release a major upgrade of Windows 8 to help weak sales. At the same time, analysts say that telecom providers want to find one or more operating systems that can compete with Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android. Windows could benefit from the telecom anxiety, if it can convince carriers that its operating system will not eventually control the functions and features of smartphones the way that iOS and Android have.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the search for an alternative OS:
Some of the world’s biggest handset makers and telecom carriers are embracing alternative mobile operating systems this year in a quest to become credible challengers to smartphones run by Apple Inc.and Google Inc. These companies are hoping they can outgun attempts by Microsoft Corp.and Research In Motion Ltd. to emerge as…
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