Linked by kristoph on Thu 8th Sep 2011 17:48 UTC
Legal Microsoft has announced today that it has reached patent licensing agreements with Acer and ViewSonic that cover Android smart phones and tablets. These companies join HTC [and several others] in paying Microsoft for each deployed Android device. Microsoft's strategic approach to Android is very different from Apple's. Where Apple is attempting to stop or otherwise delay the deployment of Android devices Microsoft is lining their coffers with royalties paid by OEMs for the privilege of shipping them. It's a strategy that is already generating more profit for Microsoft the its less then successful Windows Phone platform and could contribute dramatically to Microsofts bottom line going forward.
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Just what does MS own?
by jefro on Thu 8th Sep 2011 19:47 UTC
jefro
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2007-04-13

I am sure there is way more legal issues here than simple android.

MS used offer a low price if you only used MS. If an OEM offered a competing OS then the OS price would go way up in price. Like from $4 to $70 so no company would dare use another OS.

"So Android, like every large software product on the planet, infringes numerous Microsoft patents."

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