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Microsoft scores biggest patent licensee yet

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    Microsoft scores biggest patent licensee yet


    One company—Taiwan's Foxconn—makes a staggering 40 percent of the world's consumer electronic devices.
    Starting now, Microsoft will be getting paid a toll on a large number of those devices. The company's long patent-licensing campaign has landed its biggest client yet in licensing Foxconn, formally named Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Foxconn has agreed to take a license for any product it produces that runs Google's Android or Chrome operating systems.
    Microsoft scores biggest patent licensee yet: Foxconn | Ars Technica

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    And I was hoping to learn what the patent was actually for.
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    Weird MS gets paid by android users.

    About time we started using ubuntu:

    Ubuntu on tablets | Ubuntu

    http://insights.ubuntu.com/mobile/ub...bal-headlines/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Weird MS gets paid by android users.

    About time we started using ubuntu:

    Ubuntu on tablets | Ubuntu
    My thoughts too......
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    It looks better than android to me.

    They are a bit late with it though.
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    I'm beginning to think some of you really do have it out for MS.....
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    I blame canonical for this stuff.

    They have had unity and the one os for all devices mantra going for about 3 yrs now.

    Took them a while to get the phone and tablet UI sorted out.

    Hard to say if the oems will bite.

    They already know they can sell android in vast quantities - bit of a gamble to tool up for something else. They might just eat into their android sales and be worse off overall.

    We don't know yet if there is a big market for a proper os on a tablet/phone.
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    Hi there
    Didn't originally Bill Gates get paid 1 USD for each keystroke any computer made when using Windows -- Don't regret it if it's true as the Gates Foundation has probably given more money to SENSIBLE charities than any other organisation on the planet.

    Chrome OS or something out of Google will probably be the OS of choice for smallish mobile devices -- can't really see Windows 8 eating into that market somehow. I like the W8 phones I've seen but the whole concept of a Mobile OS is quite different from a desktop OS.

    I always check the calendar to make sure that it's not Apr 1 when I see there are possibilities of Ms developing Ms Office for Android -- go on guys have a go at using a full scale office suite on a touch screen of around 4.5 inches -- even WITH 20/20 vision and fingers the size of matchsticks.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I just hope these are honest to goodness legit patents, rather than many of these pie in the sky, vague software type patents which have been collected by these tech companies. I just don't see how you can patent a concept, a specific design, yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    I always check the calendar to make sure that it's not Apr 1 when I see there are possibilities of Ms developing Ms Office for Android -- go on guys have a go at using a full scale office suite on a touch screen of around 4.5 inches -- even WITH 20/20 vision and fingers the size of matchsticks.
    It's funny you should mention this.

    My friend bought a tiny new Android phone yesterday.

    Today he was trying to create Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on it.
    I don't know what App he was using (he hasn't downloaded any Apps, as he hates the "you must surrender to Google" download restriction).

    Funnily enough, even though he managed to create the files, he proclaimed that it was a ridiculous exercise.
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