Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Oct 2010 18:02 UTC, submitted by viator
Legal If you can't compete, litigate. This train of thought has been quite prevalent among major technology companies as of late, most notably by Apple and Microsoft, who both cannot compete with Android on merit, so they have to resort to patent lawsuits and FUD. Both Asustek and Acer have revealed that Microsoft plans to impose royalty fees upon the two Taiwanese hardware makers to prevent them from shipping Android and/or Chrome OS devices.
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RE[3]: Anti-competitive?
by JAlexoid on Fri 29th Oct 2010 22:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Anti-competitive?"
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Microsoft isn't doing this for the money or because its products can't compete on merit. On the contrary, several Windows Phone 7 reviews indicate otherwise. Rather, this move is to "encourage" these manufacturers to sign OEM agreements for Windows Phone 7 and whatever else the company has in store for the device market. If they sign up as OEMs, Microsoft likely will "look the other way" regarding the patent issues.

Yes, we know their OEM "deals". Witch is as much about racketeering as it is about giving access to their systems. Why racketeering? Because the payments are usually bound by the total number of devices manufactured, and not by the number of devices with tech that is licensed under the OEM agreement.

When you buy a non Windows HTC phone in Europe, you pay MS for a patent that is not valid in Europe!

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