Motorola and Microsoft are still friends, honest

Despite the fact that Microsoft is suing him into a coma, the head of Motorola mobile-phone business said he wants to developing devices that run Microsoft new Windows Mobile 7 operating system.

Motorola co-Chief Executive Sanjay Jha is being sued as Microsoft tries to work out a way of doing some damage to Android, which Motorola uses on its smartphones.

But Jha told the Wall Street Journal  that he is willing to look at using Microsoft’s operating system if the software company gets it right.

He said that he was open to finding ways to work with Microsoft. But it has to be a compelling offering.

Motorola engineers haven’t seen the system, but Jha said that from what he had heard, it was a “rational offering”.

Android has been Motorola’s savour. The outfit was sliding down the tubes until it adopted Android and had a series of hit phones. Motorola aims to return its mobile-phone operations to profitability by Christmas.

Redmond claims that Motorola’s Android-based phones violate nine Microsoft patents covering the synchronization of email, calendars and contacts, scheduling of meetings, and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power.

Jha said some of these lawsuits are part of business and while he could do without them life is not always like that.

Jha said when he took over Motorola’s cellphone business in 2008, he wanted to work with Microsoft’s mobile software as well as Google’s Android. He said the first call he received as co-CEO was from Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer.

Redmond stuffed it all up by failing to bring out a new operating system in 2009. This meant that he had no choice but to exclusively support Android. If Motorola had not delivered a smartphone in 2009 it would have gone under, he said.