Hilwa doesn't think Microsoft should be interested in acquiring the CyanogenMod or Cyanogen OS platform for itself. "If developers have to do extra work for another platform, including a significant amount of testing, they still would tend to hesitate to support low market-share platforms. It does, however, reflect a newer thinking at Microsoft, in terms of letting the different products go after their markets more independently," said Hilwa.
Ross Rubin, a Reticle Research analyst, notes that if Microsoft were truly interested in becoming an Android vendor in its own right, it would not have discontinued Nokia's X series smartphones shortly after it acquired Nokia.
"But as [Microsoft] gets more aggressive about putting its services on other platforms, it could see Cyanogen as a means of distribution for services such as Office 365, Outlook, and Skype," said Rubin.
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