Microsoft Imposes Royalty Fees On Acer, Asustek to Prevent from Using Android In Netbooks

Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees on Taiwan-based OEM vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and other functions, with Acer and Asustek Computer being targets in an actual attempt to prevent the two vendors from adopting Android and Chrome OS for their netbook and tablet PCs, according to Taiwan-based makers."There're […]

Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees on Taiwan-based OEM vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in e-mail, multimedia and other functions, with Acer and Asustek Computer being targets in an actual attempt to prevent the two vendors from adopting Android and Chrome OS for their netbook and tablet PCs, according to Taiwan-based makers.

"There're only several Taiwan-based handset vendors and only HTC has signed for licensed use of Microsoft patents, leaving Acer and Asustek being the targets for royalty charge, the sources indicated. However, Acer's and Asustek's handset shipments are in small volumes and therefore Microsoft's royalty charge isn't for revenues, the sources noted.

But because Acer and Asustek are international vendors of netbook PCs, the actual motivation of Microsoft's royalty charge is to keep Acer and Asustek from using Google Android or Chrome OS instead of Windows Mobile for their netbook or tablet PCs, the sources pointed out."

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