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: Wakeup call
by zima on Sat 10th Sep 2011 16:13 UTC in reply to "Wakeup call"
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Apple is just, understandably, terrified of the same thing which happened with Macs vs. PCs; superior, cheaper products from faster-moving competition. Funny thing is, it will happen anyway; something other than Apple will come to dominate, it's inevitable.

The only question which sort of still remains - will it be Windows or Linux? MS seems to be almost content with either option - but the actions of Apple would suggest they very much prefer Windows. A bit... hilarious.

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