Microsoft Restricting Chip and Computer Makers for Next-Gen Windows

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The next version of Windows for tablets has yet to be released, but Microsoft is already trying to call the shots.

Microsoft has asked chipmakers who intend to use the next Windows tablet OS to work with only one computer manufacturer, according to three inside sources who wished to remain unnamed, as the program has yet to go public. In exchange for the restriction of working with a single, exclusive partner, both chipmakers and computer makers will be rewarded with “incentives” from Microsoft.

Windows 8 OSWhat exactly constitutes these incentives is still a little murky. One of the inside sources told Bloomberg that they may include features that “ensure the device runs better” or lower prices for the software, but as this has yet to be made public, nothing has yet to be confirmed and the situation remains ambiguous.

Though some are saying that the restrictions may make it difficult for computer and chip manufacturers to create a variety of Windows-based devices to compete with the dominant iPad, the program and its incentives are not mandatory. That being said, it is possible that without the benefit of the incentives and rewards, their Windows-based tablets will end up being inferior devices anyway.

The program, however, only applies to the version of Windows that will be designed for mobile devices; desktop versions of the OS will not feature any sort of restrictions. This new version of Windows will be previewed tomorrow at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, according to Steven Guggenheimer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president.

Source: Bloomberg



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