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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It just hit me
by ephracis on Thu 8th Sep 2011 21:59 UTC
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You know what just hit me? I read the comments on this story and most of them are negative to the actions of Microsoft. I bet though that some people who like some Microsoft products read (and even comment here). I count myself to someone who like a few products from Microsoft (although I am disgusted by this behaviour!)

Now, what if you would, in the story, change "Microsoft" to "Apple"? I could be trolling with some flamebait but I bet that we would see more people defending the attacker/licensor if that was the case.

However, believe me or not, I am not actually trolling here. Instead it is an observation that I find intriguing and it got me thinking. For those of you around when Microsoft was at its peak of "badiness" (I was just a little kid back then and couldn't care less about tech-politics) may I ask you a question: did Microsoft have the same amount of support that Apple enjoys today? Or has it always been the case that Apple has had a more loyal following than Microsoft ever has?

I'm just curious. ;)

Oh, and screw these ghost patents and licensing deals. Make it easier to invalidate bogus crap so we, as a society, can move forward.

The NCC-1701 will never be built if we keep this up!

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RE: It just hit me
by kristoph on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:50 in reply to "It just hit me"
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Microsoft was really bad in the middle of the 1990's culminating in the anti-trust case of 1998.

Although Al Gore invented the internet by then the population of relatively modest and there were few sites like OSNews where fanboys/fangirls could gather and flame each other.

So your questions is pretty hard to answer.

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RE[2]: It just hit me
by ephracis on Thu 8th Sep 2011 23:34 in reply to "RE: It just hit me"
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Yes, but I think that this "fanboyism" is not something new. I think we had it (but maybe expressed in some other form) before the Internet got big. Besides, the BBSs and Usenet groups did contain some flamewars, did they not?

But maybe people were more into editors than companies and brands back then. ;)

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RE[2]: It just hit me
by Stephen! on Fri 9th Sep 2011 08:57 in reply to "RE: It just hit me"
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Microsoft was really bad in the middle of the 1990's culminating in the anti-trust case of 1998.

Maybe it's time for another one

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RE[2]: It just hit me
by lucas_maximus on Fri 9th Sep 2011 09:58 in reply to "RE: It just hit me"
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Microsoft was ... but the punishment they received is over. There is now no case against them but people still bring this stuff up which in terms of computer age is ancient.

It like people saying the current AMD CPUs are rubbish because the K6-2 was rubbish back in 1998.

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RE: It just hit me
by zima on Sat 10th Sep 2011 14:56 in reply to "It just hit me"
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MS loyalists are also around... hard to say if in comparable amounts (is there any research about it? ;p ) - probably yes, if I'd have to guess. Maybe just more diluted and/or with a lesser need to protect choices than The Apple Defence Squad (plus the element of "random" fluctuations in activity, or whether or not some of them will cling to a particular web avenue - the internet does give more of them now; and in general more visibility and opportunities to "join forces" for many fringes - at least they offer in themselves some very consistent, easy & fun(?) ways to troll those guys, I guess)

Oh, and we will in fact never build NCC-1701... this prop was a tool not of space travel (etc.), but of airy storytelling in works of popular fiction.

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