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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Microsft extortion campaign
by andydread on Thu 8th Sep 2011 20:35 UTC
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This is egregious behavior on the part of Microsoft. They have sworn to go after Linux this way and they are definitely doing it. I cannot recommend their products to anyone knowing this. I wonder if there is a way to file a antitrust complaint against them for this kind of extortion. Their goal is to drive up the price of using a competitor's product through litigation. Anyone with a brain can see this and Microsoft has threatened to do this to Linux. Tomtom, Buffalo and countless others. Rest assured this is not just about Android and Chrome. Its about Linux and Open Source and software freedom in general. It is a very sleazy tactic.

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