Microsoft wants to make friends with mobile and connected devices. Sorry desktops, you’ll still need to pay. This means manufacturers of phones to not have to pay Microsoft to license the new operating system on phones. The new operating system will be on board to compete with the likes of Google’s wearable operating system or even electronically connected devices in your home, your car, or your clothing:
We’re bringing Windows to a whole new class of small devices. Build a smart coffee mug, build a talking bear, build a robot, or build something else entirely. All this using a platform and tools you already know and love.
The announcement came during Microsoft’s Build 2014 event, where they also unveiled a Siri competitor, Cortana and a new Windows 8.1 phone.
Those interested in using Windows can sign up for the SDK on the Windows on Devices website.