Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE[3]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by kaiwai on Wed 10th Oct 2012 09:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

Sure, MS won't build low margin boxes. BUT they will build high margin premium devices.

Remember MS and Apple won't sue each other anymore, their patents are all basically shared.

For example: MS can easily add a magsafe power connector to surface and ship pinch-to-zoom or that magic trivial scrolling Apple has patented. Other OEMs .. not so much (besides Sony)


There is a clause though with the patent sharing that doesn't allow 'blatant' copying so it isn't really an open and shut case.

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RE[4]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by kragil on Wed 10th Oct 2012 12:00 in reply to "RE[3]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

BS, MS and Apple just need to make it look a little different and they are fine. See Surface Magsafe etc.

And even if they didn't: MS and Apple will not sue each other anymore .. those times are over PERIOD. They profit more from having insurmountable barriers (like stupid trivial software patents etc) for upcoming competitors.

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RE[5]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by kaiwai on Wed 10th Oct 2012 17:33 in reply to "RE[4]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

BS, MS and Apple just need to make it look a little different and they are fine. See Surface Magsafe etc.

And even if they didn't: MS and Apple will not sue each other anymore .. those times are over PERIOD. They profit more from having insurmountable barriers (like stupid trivial software patents etc) for upcoming competitors.


http://allthingsapple.me/apple-and-microsoft-have-a-patent-sharing-...

Teksler noted that Apple and Microsoft have a cross-license agreement that does cover the design patents at issue in this case, but said that there are also special “anti-cloning” provisions in the agreement between those two companies. “We couldn’t copy each other’s products,” Teksler said.

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