Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 21:57 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well well well well well, paint me red and call me a girly scout. I've been saying for months now that there's much more collaboration between Apple and Microsoft than their respective fanboys want to believe, especially when it comes to fighting Google and Android, which both companies partly do via patent suits. More evidence for this has emerged today. Remember CPTN Holdings, the consortium led by Microsoft which bought that bundle of patents from Novell? Which other companies are part of this consortium? EMC. Oracle. Apple.
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RE: friends
by Kroc on Thu 16th Dec 2010 22:30 UTC in reply to "friends"
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

They were competitors in 1984, and that was it. After the UI case was dealt with, they’ve been playing very different games that have come to converge with Google the clear common threat between them. Expect much chumming up between these three.

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RE[2]: friends
by poundsmack on Thu 16th Dec 2010 22:37 in reply to "RE: friends"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

Very true. While that mentality ended some time ago one must remember that any other business that competes with another, and who's existence and products take away from the others potential profits, is viewed at as "the enemy." Just the way it is...

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RE[2]: friends
by steve_s on Fri 17th Dec 2010 14:54 in reply to "RE: friends"
steve_s Member since:
2006-01-16

I don't see the relationship over time between MS and Apple as being particularly clear-cut as competitor or (for want of a better word) ally. Usually they're both at the same time.

Certainly back in 1984 things were far from simple. Apple considered Microsoft back then to both be a competitor with respect to operating systems, but also an important ally for applications. Indeed Microsoft had early access to the Macintosh to develop applications for it.

Apple's relationship with Google today is I believe similarly complex. They are both competitors and allies. They compete on iOS vs. Android and cooperate on WebKit.

The relationships between all of these players are complicated. They all cooperate and compete at the same time.

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