Microsoft Places Restrictions on Chipmakers: Report

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Microsoft Corp has told chipmakers who want to use the next version of Windows for tablet computers, to work with only one manufacturer to speed up delivery, Bloomberg said, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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Chipmakers who agree to Microsoft's terms will get incentives in exchange for the restrictions, which tie a single chipmaker to one tablet design, the news agency reported.

The program only applies to the version of Windows which is being made for mobile computers and the regular version of Windows for desktop PCs will have no limits, Bloomberg added.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment on the matter.

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