Lenovo, Microsoft to sign intellectual property pact

Microsoft and Lenovo are expected to publicly ink $1.2 billion deal to distribute genuine Windows on PCs in China.

As part of Microsoft's continued efforts to promote its anti-piracy campaign in China, Microsoft and Lenovo Group executives plan to sign a $US1.2 billion deal to cement a joint effort by the companies to provide genuine Windows software to Chinese customers.

Executives from Microsoft and Lenovo are expected to participate in a deal-signing ceremony in Redmond, Washington, to reaffirm a commitment announced in November 2005 in China. At that time, the two companies pledged to work together through joint sales, marketing and training programs to promote legitimate copies of Windows on PCs in China and other emerging international markets.

Under the terms of the deal, Lenovo agreed to pay $US1.2 billion to Microsoft over the next 12 months for Windows software that would be installed on Lenovo PCs in more than 65 countries and regions, Microsoft said.

Lenovo, which purchased IBM's PC business in 2005, became the first PC manufacturer to pre-install genuine Windows operating systems in its product lines for China through the deal, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, Bill Gates, and Lenovo chairman, Yang Yuanqing, are expected to participate in the ceremony, the second such public appearance executives from Microsoft and hardware manufacturers will make to show their dedication to preventing software piracy in China.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced similar deals with two Chinese hardware manufacturers - Tsinghua Tongfang and TCL Corp - to use only licensed versions of Windows XP.

Microsoft has said it expected to sign more deals with Chinese hardware vendors to promote the use of genuine copies of Windows and to stop PC users from pirating the OS.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Elizabeth Montalbano

IDG News Service
Show Comments



Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?