Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th May 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by teigetje
Microsoft It turns out that a lot of people haven't been paying attention. Over the weekend, a story about how Microsoft is earning more from HTC's Android devices than from its own Windows Phone 7 sales spread all across the web, with surprised reactions everywhere. Anyone who has been paying attention to Microsoft's recent patent trolling regarding Android could've seen this coming.
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They aren't going after the source because Google can fight back, and if they had good cause to, could seriously harm Microsoft's bottom line. HTC can't. Google are basically dealing collateral damage to Microsoft with very few areas of direct competition. They don't sell a desktop OS, they don't sell a games console, they don't sell a fully featured office suite. About the only field of direct competition, before Microsoft started bringing the fight to Google in the fields of search and mapping, was free consumer email.

If Google were to, say, contract a few big games developers to develop high budget, headline games for Google TV set top boxes, they'd start directly chiselling away at Microsoft's markets. Neither company really wants a direct confrontation because it would consume a phenomenal amount of time and money. Microsoft's and Google's lawyers would be vieing for the title of "richest man in the world", and the competition would leave the two behind. It's easier to bully a company you could snuff out with a concerted effort at directly competing, if you wanted to.

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