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Motorola is open to the idea of partnering with Microsoft to produce Windows Phone handsets, although only if the revised platform proves its longevity.

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said that while the company remains focussed on Android for the time being, it is open for working with WinPho OS if the conditions are right, hinting that getting a similar deal to Nokia would help, FireceWireless reports.

During a speech at the Oppenheimer Technology & Communications Conference, Jha claimed Moto will evaluate WinPho to see if it becomes viable. As far as he's concerned, apart from Google's Android and Apple's iOS, none of the current alternatives – Windows Phone, HP webOS and RIM BlackBerry OS – are safe bets. However, his comments certainly suggest he'd be backing the MS horse.

With IP disputes still fresh in the memory Motorola's inability to give Microsoft any form of blandishment is unsurprising.

Which is probably why the Moto chief went on to talk up the company's back catalogue of patents – highlighting how a strong intellectual property portfolio makes a significant difference in the Android handset market.

Motorola intends to expand its presence in Europe, particularly Germany, France, Italy and good ol' Blighty. Following in Nokia's footsteps with a WinPho range might not be such a bad idea. ®

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