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Microsoft trying to prevent Acer and Asus from adopting Android through royalty fees

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Microsoft trying to prevent Acer and Asus from adopting Android through royalty fees
After the news broke out that Microsoft is planning to impose royalty fees on the Taiwan-based and worldwide renowned notebook manufacturers Acer and Asus, one can't help but think that Microsoft sees Android as a too big of a threat not to use every trick in the book to oppose the Google mobile OS.

HTC is the only Taiwanese high-tech vendor to have a license for using Microsoft products, but nevertheless Acer and Asus are also known to use e-mail, multimedia and some other functions patented by Microsoft. That leaves the door wide-open for Microsoft to charge royalty fees. According to the rumour that "pursuit of justice" is primarily driven by Microsoft's desire not to allow the above-mentioned Taiwan-based manufacturers to adopt Android for their netbooks and tablet PCs.

Since Acer and Asus' handsets are not the most-popular on the market, Microsoft won't seek royalty charge based on revenue but rather the Redmond-based giant will concentrate on finding ways to make their market share bigger and increase the popularity of their devices on global scale.

source: DIGITIMES

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