As Android is an open platform, vendors of Android handsets have to pay royalty fees of at least US$10-15 per handset for licensed use of the patents concerned, the sources explained.
There are only several Taiwan-based handset vendors and only HTC has signed for licensed use of Microsoft patents, leaving Acer and Asustek being the targets for the royalty charge, the sources indicated.
What a surprise, HTC pays license fees so they aren't asked to do so!
I don't like software patents either, but development does take its time and money and you currently still have to play by the rules like everyone else. Just because you're not selling as many devices as HTC doesn't mean you don't have to pay the same royalties. Even Google, like every other company, is asking for patent royalties, so why suddenly Microsoft shouldn't? Sure, hate the software patents, but twisting this as something like Microsoft demanding manufacturers to pay if they want to install Linux is just... wrong.
I think Apple might have a thing or two to say about that...
Apple doesn't sell competing products to this, Microsoft does.
Google does this with web searches too, by sending you to the mobile version. It sucks, I have to always rerun the search after selecting google classic.
So in other words you are saying that Google does it wrong, while Microsoft has actually introduced it correctly and with good usability?
Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?