Summary: Microsoft makes Velocity Micro pay Microsoft — not Google — for Linux-based Android devices
The extortion against Android has a maze of NDAs. Thanks to Barnes and Noble we know how ugly it really is. There is no amicable agreement, there is racketeering [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. Just a few days ago Microsoft announced one extortion deal against Android and now comes another with lots of the same lies (talking points to make it seem like an amicable deal):
The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem.
No, it’s extortion, and it should not be legal. Microsoft has clearly run out of ways to compete with Linux, so it is lobbying for software patents everywhere (Microsoft Florian is almost definitely on their payroll, directly or indirectly) and it is attacking Linux all the time behind closed doors, trying to make it more expensive and also Microsoft’s cash cow. Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates plays similar games with patents (on food and medicine for example) and this has got to stop. Microsoft is a very dangerous company, not a scapegoat. █