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[4]: Wakeup call
by lucas_maximus on Fri 9th Sep 2011 09:55 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Wakeup call"
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This means that Linux is not suitable for distribution as part of a commercial desktop OS, from the point of view of a commercial software vendor such as Microsoft or Apple, because it is not possible to restrict what the users get, which in turn means they cannot be sold after market upgrades.

Linux isn't suitable as a commercial OS because it doesn't work on the desktop, unless I am willing to give up doing all the stuff I take for granted or messing about working around incompatibility problems.

I can do pretty much anything with Windows I want.

I am sure you will bring up some odd edge cases that don't matter for a Desktop OS ... but anything sensible I can do with Windows.

This is kind of a "big secret" of the commercial OSes ... the vendors of commercial OSes do not want it to be generally known that the OSes they sell are crippleware.

No shit ... basically this rubbish boils down to "If something has more features, they charge more for it" ... This is standard in every industry and but because it is Software suddenly it is crippleware!!????

Stop talking absurd rubbish.

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