Microsoft drops Windows royalty fee for devices with screens under nine inches
One of the bigger announcements to come out of Build 2014 is that Microsoft is dropping the manufacturer royalty fee on Windows and Windows Phone for devices under 9 inches in size. This is a big deal for partners, and ultimately good news for consumers since costs won’t have to be passed down. This will also be applied to devices that tie into the internet of things, like wearables or home automation devices.
We had an inkling that this would be happening, but don’t expect this move to come to proper desktop or laptop PCs any time soon.
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It will give the appearance of a level playing field with MS/ Nokia.
Sans patent paychecks.