Microsoft's and Xiaomi's CEOs meet up in China – rumors ensue

Microsoft's and Xiaomi's CEOs meet up in China – rumors ensue
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella flew to China last week, for the first time since he's been heading the Redmond-based software giant. Supposedly, the main objective of Nadella's visit was to lay rest to security concerns the Chinese government has over the Windows OS – something, which prompted it to raid Microsoft's Chinese offices in an anti-trust campaign 2 months ago.

Rumors say that Nadella spent his time in China for a secret get-together with another interesting person – Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun. Naturally, a meetup between these two figures instantly generates speculation about possible Xiaomi devices, powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone operating systems. Nothing official has been said on the matter, though.

If Microsoft was to lure Xiaomi into the Windows Phone ecosystem, that would be of great benefit to it – after all, "the Mi" has become the leading smartphone vendor in its home country, which is quite the large market, and is being praised as "the Apple of China". However, seeing as Xiaomi is a company that started as a developer for the custom MIUI Android ROM, and subsequently based all of its devices on MIUI's iOS-ish interface, it would be kind of awkward to see Xiaomi come out with a smartphone, whose home-screen is Metro-styled (pardon, Modern-Windows-8-styled).

Still, it is yet too early to say, whether such a collaboration would happen. For all we know – Jun may have declined the pitch, or the meeting could have been about something entirely different.

source: GSM Insider via Into Mobile

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21 Comments

1. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

First!

2. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Here have a cookie, laden with mercury chips and lead butter.

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

now MS will try to bribe xiaomi and then kill it off ... just like they have always done in their glorious past..

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Biceps4life

3. RobotMan

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why ?

21. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1278; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Because, M$ is planning to send Tr0jen H0rse to Xiaomi and destroy them and buy for cheap, like they did to N0kia earlier...

5. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Don't tell me Xiaomi is considering Windows Phones now.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Another month, another new manufacturer joins Windows Phone....

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yep the future looks good for the OS.

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Not confirmed yet...

9. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

If I were a CEO I would meet with other CEOs just to talk and start rumors

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In other news, Apple's and Samsung's CEO meet up in New York - rumors ensue.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

The more the better it will do.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Maybe if MS offer Windows 9 free to Xiaomi than MS might have a fighting chance in China. Otherwise nobody will bites. I already start changing my cores skills set from Microsoft centric to Unix centric. Both Android and iOS have unix core.

13. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

is MS planning to buy Xiaomi's too? this will be the worst. Legendary Nokia already dead and credit goes to MS & Stephan Flop

14. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

gogle is flop

15. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Probably to put Office + services on MIUI like the just announced deal they have stricken with Samsung.

16. Beijendorf unregistered

Xiaomi = "Show me" Lei Jun = "Legion" I... think... we've found.. the hyper-advanced aliens with made-up names.

17. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

If Microsoft manages to get this company on their side, future windows phones will flourish for sure. Microsoft needs any help and support they can get. There is nothing wrong in seeing Microsoft working on ensuring their future continues to be bright. Some of us may not like Windows phones as much, but that is just a matter of time.. Just wait until we all see the new Windows 9 OS for phones.. We might just change our minds at that point..

18. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

If they ever make WPs, I hope they don't use MediaTeks.

20. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

Maybe to extract royalties from Xiaomi like they did with other Android manufacturers

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