I’ve been wanting to write an article involving the impact of Digitimes’ article about Microsoft demanding licensing fees for Android/Chrome OS manufacturers since I first read it. But nothing substantial proving this is a serious threat to Google really made it compelling. Now, it appears that the Chrome Web Store is being delayed until December at the latest certainly brings some thoughts to mind.
At first, I was in disbelief of the veracity of the Digitimes report. But now that we’re heading into November without any news of a Chrome OS launch, I can only deduce that Microsoft is using its influence in the Taiwanese computer industry to exert some pressure on Google.
Seriously, doesn’t the logic that manufacturers must pay Microsoft to produce Google-based products seem absurd? Unfortunately, these manufacturers derive so much money from Microsoft products that this is a warning sign for them. A perfect example of this was my trip to Taiwan for the Computex computer conference where there was surprisingly more love I’d ever seen for Microsoft than any place outside of Redmond, Washington where the company is headquartered.
But it appears that Microsoft is only attacking Google’s operating systems. I have not yet heard of any licensing fees being paid for computers are sold with Ubuntu and that has been available from companies like Dell for some time.
That just tells me Microsoft is deeply afraid of Google’s push towards operating system dominance. It may be because Google has devised a better product than the current status quo. It’s funny, because Microsoft recently reporting record profits. A lot of this is money they get from big businesses that are locked into using their ecosystem of products in their networks.
But enterprise networks run by IT professionals are different than the annoyances regular people experience with products like Windows. If Microsoft is so concerned about consumer-based competition, they should just direct some of that cash flow into creating products that users like.
They shouldn’t be bullying manufacturers to choose what third party operating system they want to put on their products, should they?