Microsoft’s Tablet Licensing Strategy

AppleInsider ran a piece explaining Microsoft’s new strategy of adding a license fee for tablets running virtualization applications to access Microsoft Windows software. I’m not sure if this is to discourage virtualized use of Windows applications from an iPad or increase revenue. (Probably both.) Either way, I think it is a mistake. The more Microsoft cuts the iPad out of its ecosystem, the quicker Microsoft becomes irrelevant. I’ve said it before. If I were Microsoft, I’d jump all over the iPad and its massive user base (55 million as of December 2011) like white on rice.