Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Feb 2010 22:55 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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Their income is a mix of patent racketeering ("Some people violate some of our patents, maybe you should cut a deal with us and avoid any problems"), FUD-based marketing, lock-in, and dodgy "donations" to schools from the part of Microsoft's money that's in Microsoft's "Gates Foundation" account.

Regarding software patents, I'm trying to build a picture of Microsoft on this public wiki, help welcome:

I hear this claim a lot, but try naming some patents in its portfolio that Microsoft has filed infringement lawsuits.

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