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Asustek in Talks to Offer Windows 8 Phones

Wall Street: Taiwanese PC maker Asustek Computer Inc. 2357.TW +0.47% is in talks with Microsoft Corp. MSFT +0.78% on a licensing deal to offer Windows 8 mobile phones, an Asustek executive said, making it the latest Asian computer maker eyeing the new operating system.

Personal-computer makers have been trying to cross into the mobile space, and with good reason: smartphone shipments rose 45% last year, compared with a 3.2% contraction in PCs, according to researcher IDC.

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