Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Mar 2010 15:12 UTC
Legal It's no secret to anyone that while Apple sued HTC, the lawsuit is more about Google than HTC itself. Since Android is open source, and owned by no one, it's kind of hard to go after Google itself, and as such, HTC was the prime target, since it is the number one Android smartphone maker. The New York Times has an in-depth article up about the subject, with a whole boatload of quotes from people within the two companies, and it paints a picture of all this being a highly emotional and personal vendetta - especially from Apple's side.
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The MS tax - referring to imposed Windows license - would be different in my opinion. Where developers may choose to produce apps and be bound by Apple's decisions and consumers can clearly see that the hardware and OS are a bundled product, consumers rarely have the choice to by any computer without Windows preinstalled.

I don't think the two choices are comparable until "no OS" is as general an option with hardware purchases as "develop for another platform" is already for programmers.

I do agree that a part of the problem is developers choosing to write for the platform and thus, supporting Apple's treatment of consumers. I just suggest that there is some valid basis for complaints about the "windows tax".

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