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 zima on Sat 10th Sep 2011 14:56 UTC 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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