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11.19.11

Even Some Microsoft Apologists Appalled by Microsoft’s Patent Attack on Android/Linux

Posted in Site News at 9:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Positively evil.”

Prior art

Prior art for Microsoft’s shoddy patents is ancient

Summary: As moves are being made to invalidate Microsoft patents and to report Microsoft’s extortionate nature, even some of its supporters take a step back

MICROSOFT continues to threaten Linux/Android and Google increasingly provides assurance to partners (maybe even financial backing). B&N did the noble thing by refusing to pay “protection money”. Google is likely to become involved now. One of the latest examples says that “Schmidt, on his stopover in Taipei said, “We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them. For example we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct,” reported Reuters.”

Slashdot has a discussion about prior art to eliminate Microsoft’s extortion of Android and over at IDG someone who is typically a Microsoft apologist (Shimel) writes:

Alan Shimel:

B&N claims that all of these are “trivial” and “insignificant” in terms of Android’s use. They claim Microsoft is using these patents for minor functionality to hold Android hostage. It is not just licensing fees either, though they claim is Microsoft is receiving anywhere from $5 dollars to $15 dollars or more per copy of Android sold (which is equal to or more than what they charge for Windows Mobile licenses). Barnes & Nobles claims that along with paying the blood money Microsoft demands, Microsoft also makes license holders sign an “oppressive” agreement which gives Microsoft say over future hardware and software configurations and innovations. This according to B&N is to ensure that they keep Android from advancing too far, too fast for Microsoft to keep up. That is in many ways worse than the licensing fees. Microsoft wants to control future Android development and innovation. Positively evil.

So even Microsoft apologists are not in favour of Microsoft on this one.

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A Single Comment

  1. Michael said,

    November 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

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    You think everyone who does not follow your biases is a “Microsoft apologist”. Here you have solid evidence to show otherwise – but you continue to call them names.

    What class!

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