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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All cred revoked due to patent harassment
by ciaran on Sat 13th Feb 2010 06:59 UTC
ciaran
Member since:
2006-11-27

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:
http://en.swpat.org/wiki/Microsoft

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Perhaps your comment title should read:

All cred revoked due to tinfoil hat being to tight...

MS gets sued for patent issues just like any other company, they just lost a big one over xml and word.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10420391-75.html

Then they lost that huge one to Eolas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eolas

That one cost them 521 million big ones.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

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:
http://en.swpat.org/wiki/Microsoft


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

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draethus Member since:
2006-08-02

The FAT32 long filenames lawsuit against Tomtom (coincidentally, a feature that IIRC Tomtom got from using a Linux kernel)?

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rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

ciaran-tard:

2003 called. They want their anti-MS hype back.

Wake up.

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