Microsoft Still Going After Royalties For Android

With the nature of Android open to all vendors, one would assume that going with that mobile OS instead of Windows Mobile mean being free of Microsoft's licensing fees.

Microsoft doesn't think so, however, and is going after the likes of Acer and Asus for licensing fees if the companies decide to offer Android and Chrome OS options in tablet PCs and netbooks. According to the Register, this is $10-$15 that Microsoft wants for each device sold.

Microsoft's claim is that it owns patents related to e-mail, multimedia and other functions.

Acer and Asus aren't the only Taiwanese companies pressured by Microsoft to pay up. HTC has already signed to license the technologies from Microsoft.

Source: Digitimes

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  • jabberwolf
    No bt Microsoft owns Acive Sync that connects to its Exchange servers that many companies uses. I assume this is the email part that MS is going after.
    Apple has to pay for this feature to use as well, as its not their technology and they didnt invent it.
  • FinlayG
    You have got to be kidding me. Micro$oft owns e-mail? This is just petty.
  • festerovic
    I heard Al Gore has a similar lawsuit since the phones go on the internet, which he created.
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  • FinlayG
    You have got to be kidding me. Micro$oft owns e-mail? This is just petty.
  • Anonymous
    That's exactly what MS needs to do to lose 33% of it's customers!

    That way no company will choose MS anymore as partner, and push Linux ONLY on all devices; and MS would sell only OEM versions if they continue to push like this!
  • Anonymous
    ROTFL Bill I know that your not in charge any more but you seriously might want to check your legal team. Are they writing for SNL now because this is good material! OEM that's what needs to happen if they (windows) wants to live!