The newspaper reports that the media player will be released with a consumer version of Linux in Japan, the USA and China for just under ¥16,000.
The Japanese company will pay royalties to Microsoft for the ability to use the media player code, based on the number of copies of Linux sold, says the paper.
The move could be seen as an attempt by Microsoft to ensure it doesn't get into hot water with further regulatory bodies after its recent skirmish with the European Union. µ
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