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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by molnarcs on Mon 30th May 2011 08:03 UTC in reply to "RE: One of the many reasons ..."
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Well, playing devil's advocate here - can you really blame Microsoft for using a system that is fully legal and endorsed? I mean, Obama himself regularly holds speeches about protecting - and extending - the current system!

I understand what you try to say here, and I agree. But I think that you can blame Microsoft - not all companies compete using the broken patent system. Google comes to mind - have they sued anyone for competing products? You mentioned HTC before - I know they are not U.S. based, but since they are in the US market, they could sue as well if they chose to.

The sad part is - Microsoft doesn't need these tactics anymore. Windows 7 is a great product, the Xbox360 is good, Windows Server is very good competition for Linux on its own merits, and Windows Phone 7 is distinctive, highly unique, and truly innovative.p

Agreed completely. Forgot to mention MS Office. I've been a big OpenOffice (then Libre) proponent until I tried Office 2010. Came with my ep121 (the EeeSlate). Ad supported version. Decided to give it a try (after installing LibreOffice and using it for a few days). The difference is night and day - especially on a touch interface. But not only there - everything I used to do in LibreOffice takes half the steps in MS Office, and than there are lots of useful stuff that you can't simply do in Libre (text art, image editing within a document is way ahead in MS Office, no character recognition or Pen Tools whatsoever, paste options that makes editing articles a cinch). So I shelled out $150 for the Student & Home edition, and it was well worth it, every single cent (and the license allows me to install it on three different devices). The time and energy I save in the next few years worth far more than $150.

I'm getting the idea that people like Joe Belfiore and Steven Sinofsky (mark my words: Sinofsky will become the next CEO of Microsoft, after Windows 8 has been delivered) are regularly banging their heads against their desks when they read about the latest crazy legal antics from upper management - all that achieves is blemishes on perfectly fine products.

I'd love to know how you know that.

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