For devices under 9 inches, Microsoft to waive Windows royalty fee

3 Jun

Microsoft Corp. confirmed Wednesday at Computex that it will scrap the manufacturer’s royalty fee for its Windows 10 operating system for devices below 9 inches in size, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

The Seattle-based software giant will continue its free licensing program for OEM and ODM partners that began last year, said Eddie Wu, general manager of the consumer channels group at Microsoft Taiwan, at a press briefing following Microsoft’s Computex keynote speech.

However, Microsoft has yet to finalize the hardware specifications mobile phones and small tablets that are eligible for the program, Wu added.

With the royalty-free program continuing, global shipments of Windows-based devices smaller than 9 inches are forecast to rise nearly 40 percent on an annual basis to 50 million units this year, according to the Central News Agency.

On June 1, Microsoft announced Windows 10 will be available from July 29 in 190 countries as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

According to Microsoft, Windows software is installed on 1.5 billion devices globally. More than million PCs older than four years need upgrades, the company said.

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