As nearly two-dozen Android, Chrome OS and Linux vendors are doing, ASUS seemingly is licensing Microsoft's patents to cover anything that is in those operating systems which potentially infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.
But ASUS also is agreeing, as part of the deal announced today, to pre-install unspecified Microsoft "productivity services" on Android smartphones and tablets. When I asked, a Microsoft spokesperson said the services included the Microsoft Office suite.
Just yesterday, Microsoft and Google announced a blanket settlement of 20 outstanding patent lawsuits. Neither Microsoft nor Google would comment on the terms of the deal, leaving a number of industry watchers wondering whether there might be some kind of other shoe left to drop.
Though it seems highly doubtful Google would preload Microsoft software or services on any of its devices, maybe Google will start making apps that work on Windows and Windows Phone? These days with Microsoft, I'll never say never, when it comes to potential partners and deals....