Microsoft has denied a report that it plans to pay out billions of dollars in 2014 to ensure that top smartphone vendors launch phones powered by Windows Phone. According to Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has plans to dole out more than $2.5 billion this year to Samsung, Sony, Huawei and several other smartphone makers to guarantee that they build and launch a single Windows Phone handset each in 2014. The exact purpose of the funds was not detailed. While Microsoft has not denied that payments will be made, the company’s head of communications has gone on record in stating that Murtazin’s report is not accurate.
“Reality check,” Microsoft’s Frank X. Shaw wrote on Twitter. “Do we do co-marketing with partners? You bet! But these numbers are complete fiction!”