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Electronics Companies Play Defense Against Microsoft

Many consumer-electronics makers are maneuvering to make sure Microsoft doesn’t dictate key technical standards for their industry, as it does in the PC software business. And they don’t want to pay Microsoft a royalty on every device they sell, as computer makers must do if they load their machines with Microsoft’s Windows software. So manufacturers of music players, cellphones and other gadgets are trying to dilute Microsoft’s power by making their products compatible with rival software.