Microsoft reportedly asked HTC to add Windows Phone as a second option on the company's future Android smartphones, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The request apparently came as recently as last month, while Microsoft was wrapping up its buyout deal with Nokia, and included an offer to license the struggling operating system at a fraction of its regular price or even give it away for free.

According to Bloomberg's anonymous sources, talks between the two companies are still ongoing, though no decision has been made at this time. Terry Myerson, Microsoft's head of operating systems, reportedly reached out to HTC last month, and planned to visit the company's Taiwan headquarters in the near future to discuss the idea of a dual-booting Windows-Android handset. When reached for commend, an HTC spokesperson told TechnoBuffalo that the company "doesn't comment on rumors or speculation."

HTC was one of the first companies to release (separate) handsets running Android and Windows mobile software, though its plans for future Windows Phone devices are still foggy. Meanwhile, current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a group of company executives recently met with a number of smartphone makers in China, indicating that the company intends to continue shopping its mobile software even after it acquires Nokia's mobile business.