Microsoft Strikes Licensing Deal with Casio over Linux

Redmond based software giant Microsoft Corp. has reached a patent licensing agreement with Casio over the use of the open source platform Linux.

It’s nothing new for the Windows maker to resort to such practices wherein it tricks companies, supplying devices with Linux, to get affiliated into their patent programme - Casio being the latest in the trend.

Microsoft claims though, that the agreement inked with Casio is basically a “broad, multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement," designed to cover a wide range of devices that ship with Linux.

Casino also acknowledged that it was paying the Windows maker in exchange for the 'privilege' of using the Linux platform. However, Microsoft quickly responded by saying that Casio was not just paying the company for using Linux, but it was also using a number of Microsoft products.

"We're pleased to reach an agreement and to see continued recognition of the value of our patent portfolio, particularly as it relates to operating systems," Horacio Gutierrez, corporate VP and deputy general counsel of the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft expressed her mind on the agreement, thinq_ reports.

Neither Casio nor the software giant was willing to disclose the financial terms of the deal.