Microsoft is getting ready for the release of a new range of tablets running on its Windows 8. While preparing to push the new platform onto the market, the company has decided to stall the competition.
Microsoft will introduce an add-on licensing fee for tablets running virtualisation programs to access Windows applications.
This new optional add-on to the Software Assurance licence agreement has been named as the Companion Device License and is aimed at corporate users. The new licence allows up to four devices to access the virtual desktop infrastructure.
Microsoft didn't reveal how much the new licence will cost. Companies that issued iPads and Android tablets for their employees will have to pay the price and predictably, organisations using Windows tablets won't need to acquire a CDL.
Paul DeGroot, principal analyst at Pica Communications, a Microsoft licensing consultancy agency, pointed at Microsoft's obvious strategy. "That's basically a penalty for not buying a Windows RT tablet," he said.
iPad owners are the most fervent users of desktop virtualisation, which hasn't gone down well with Microsoft. The company sees its beloved Windows 7 falling behind consumers' once high expectations, and is now taking the necessary steps to slow this trend.