Microsoft, Casio Reach Licensing Deal

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Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft and Casio Computer have entered into a broad, multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement that, among other things, will provide Casio's customers with patent coverage for their use of Linux in certain Casio devices.

Microsoft said that the licensing agreement is an extension of the long-standing relationship between the two companies. Casio utilizes a wide variety of Microsoft software for its products, including its industrial handheld terminals and business information systems.

No details on consumer products were provided since the licensing agreement is confidential, but the parties acknowledged that Microsoft is being compensated by Casio for an undisclosed amount.


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