Microsoft roundup: HTC, Gates/Ballmer, Surface

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Bloomberg reports Microsoft (MSFT +0.3%) is talking to struggling HTC (HTCKF.OB) about adding Windows Phone support to the OEM's Android hardware "at little or no cost." It isn't clear whether the phones would simultaneously run Android and Windows Phone, or simply give users the option of choosing one of the two.

In addition, the news service reports Steve Ballmer met with other OEMs last week during a Chinese trip to drum up Windows Phone support. The report suggests Microsoft is intent on maintaining 3rd-party hardware support for WP (Q2 smartphone share of just 3.7%, per IDC) in the wake of the Nokia deal; not everyone is convinced they'll be able to.

Though his tenure as CEO is coming to an end, Ballmer is standing for re-election to Microsoft's board. So is (unsurprisingly) Bill Gates, whom certain top investors reportedly want out.

Microsoft says its new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets are close to selling out. Of course, the first-gen Surface models also saw sell-outs following their launches.