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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RE: It just hit me
by kristoph on Thu 8th Sep 2011 22:50 UTC in reply to "It just hit me"
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

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"
ephracis Member since:
2007-09-23

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"
Stephen! Member since:
2007-11-24

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"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

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[3]: It just hit me
by r_a_trip on Fri 9th Sep 2011 10:01 in reply to "RE[2]: It just hit me"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

There is now no case against them but people still bring this stuff up which in terms of computer age is ancient.

Those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.

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RE[3]: It just hit me
by zima on Sat 10th Sep 2011 14:42 in reply to "RE[2]: It just hit me"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

"Punishment"?...

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