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[3]: It just hit me
by r_a_trip on Fri 9th Sep 2011 10:01 UTC 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[4]: It just hit me
by n0b0dy on Fri 9th Sep 2011 16:10 in reply to "RE[3]: It just hit me"
n0b0dy Member since:
2009-09-03

Not to mention they weren't punished for *everything* they did. Far from it actually.
Microsoft played a very nasty and dirty game back then, or should I call them 'WINtel' during a significant period of time?
They killed off this (BeOS anyone), threatened that (Dell etc.) and eventually got the equivalent of a slap on the wrist, really.
Consider a Mafioso rising to power on a large pile of corpses and other big crimes and getting for all he did nothing but a relatively insignificant fine. No 'go directly to jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200', nothing of that kind.Microsoft dominated above all, everyone used Microsoft, the government, the army, the judge probably used Word to write the verdict as well. And the thing is, they all still do.

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