Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 00:03 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft has just responded to Google's move regarding Exchange ActiveSync. Sadly, instead of addressing the very real problems consumers are about to face, Microsoft starts talking about switching to
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Claiming Google tries to harm Microsoft AFTER they already supported Microsoft protocols, etc is not fair taken into account that supporting them results in that Microsoft tax what makes using Android more expensive and increases the legal risk and so goes against Google's interest to spread Android.

Google is still paying Microsoft licensing fees for EAS.

And will continue to do so, in order for Android to implement the Exchange Active Sync client.

Some handset vendors were handed injunctions over EAS, but they were for devices prior to 2009, when Google officially licensed the technology.

HTC, Motorola, etc. are OEMs that faced the repercussions of using unlicensed technology.

Let's face it. If being compatible with Microsoft means you need to pay them big money and make your strategy a risk then not being compatible with Microsoft but following and pushing open standards just makes lot of sense. No only from a business view but also from a morality view. The future belongs to us. Let's keep the future open.

Oh, please. Google is a multi-billion dollar corporation. They're not some small start up being crushed. Save the pity song for something believable. Google licenses plenty of other patents, as does Microsoft, as does basically every other player in the industry.

You can't just wish away patents, or licensing fees, nor are you implicitly protected because you use "open" standards. That's ridiculous.

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