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

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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