Microsoft and Casio Computer have entered into a broad, multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement that, among other things, will provide Casio’s customers with patent coverage for their use of Linux in certain Casio devices. This licensing agreement is an extension of the long-standing relationship between the two companies; Casio utilizes a wide variety of Microsoft software for its products, including its industrial handheld terminals and business information systems. The details of the licensing agreement are confidential, but the parties acknowledge that Microsoft is being compensated by Casio. You can find the official release from Microsoft here. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available here.