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2. Microsoft Looks To Stall iPad With Windows 8 VDI License

Microsoft's decision to charge iPad and Android device users extra for accessing Windows 8 virtual desktops was a sign of the software giant getting more aggressive about defending the Windows cash cow.

Microsoft's Companion Device License (CDL), which debuted with Windows 8, lets organizations offer employees access to corporate desktops through virtual desktop infrastructure on up to four personally owned devices. Microsoft executives were unapologetic in the wake of the CDL's unveiling, casting it as an attempt to get organizations to pay for the value they're deriving from Windows.

"We are in a battle," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (pictured) told CRN in July during an interview at the company's annual partner conference.