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post #11 of 35
Jan 17th
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Microsoft may have already signed patent licensing agreements with 70 percent of the US Android manufacturers, including some of the biggest names in the market, but that doesn't mean Redmond's about ready to hit the brakes anytime soon. Next up on the block is Pantech, according to a company spokesperson talking with Yonhap News. No specific details have been decided yet, so we'll have to wait for the official word and see what happens.

Source: Engadget

Now that Microsoft has patent licensing agreements with 70% of US Android manufacturers they're saying they want to call a truce? And this just happens to come the week before the U.S. Justice Department is poised to clear Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola, giving Google a powerful armory of technology patents to deploy in the smartphone wars. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

...How very kind of your Microsoft.
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post #12 of 35
I think MS is just saying they will license their intellectual property instead of not allowing other companies to use it, provided the other companies do the same thing with their intellectual property.
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post #13 of 35
Microsoft WERE the bad guys. Just think of Netscape - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. They were pretty ruthless in the 80s, 90s and early 00s.
Plus, while it sounds good in theory, there are always gray area in defining "essential to them".
    
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Originally Posted by j0zef View Post

Microsoft WERE the bad guys. Just think of Netscape - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. They were pretty ruthless in the 80s, 90s and early 00s.
Plus, while it sounds good in theory, there are always gray area in defining "essential to them".

When it comes to smart phones...they kind of have to be the good guy because they are sort of an underdog in that arena...yet anyway. They are trying to make it better I think.

Kind of funny how they killed off netscape and now there are browsers all over the place. I can't help but wonder if they had let them be if Google would even exist today.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 2/10/12 at 7:56am
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post #15 of 35
MS the bad guys? Umm ok... dont know what reality you get your information from.

MS is so bad that they dont even require activation on MS office anymore. How evil.
    
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post #16 of 35
They've definitely done shady things in the past, but they've been well behaved over the last few years.
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post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by j0zef View Post

Microsoft WERE the bad guys. Just think of Netscape - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. They were pretty ruthless in the 80s, 90s and early 00s.
Plus, while it sounds good in theory, there are always gray area in defining "essential to them".

sure they were ruthless but that doesn't automatically make them evil. Let's take your example of IE vs Netscape. Microsoft didn't take them to court because Netscape violated their patent of having a window with "minimize, maximize, and exit" buttons located in the top right hand corner of the window, much like the patent wars of today are doing. There were two different standards and both were doing everything they could to convince people that their standards were the best. You can view that statement in today's war, no one is forcing you to pay money, nor has anyone patented, certain features of the browser, but we still have browser wars between Mozilla, Google, and Microsoft. Microsoft might have been ruthless, but that doesn't make them evil. It requires other companies to innovate and to do things better. If Netscape had just pushed out a browser exactly like IE, they would have failed very quickly. Instead, they tried to come up with new and different ideas and they were rather successful at it, iirc. Ruthless =/= evil.
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When it comes to smart phones...they kind of have to be the good guy because they are sort of an underdog in that arena...yet anyway. They are trying to make it better I think.

Agree, they're still behind in the mobile phone market, but the latest iteration of their OS is very very nice, they are certainly improving in leaps and bounds, faster than I think a lot of people expected.
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post #18 of 35
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MS the bad guys? Umm ok... dont know what reality you get your information from.
MS is so bad that they dont even require activation on MS office anymore. How evil.

Huh?...there still is activation on MS office. Unless you mean some older version. I can see them not really caring if I activate Office 2003 anymore, but I am going through a missive Windows 7 upgrade and we have Office 2010 licensing issues all the time. False positives of course dealing with the licensing server messing up, but still a pain.

I guess it will work a little bit though...I know it will start up, but a lot of functionality is blocked.
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post #19 of 35
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Huh?...there still is activation on MS office. Unless you mean some older version. I can see them not really caring if I activate Office 2003 anymore, but I am going through a missive Windows 7 upgrade and we have Office 2010 licensing issues all the time. False positives of course dealing with the licensing server messing up, but still a pain.
I guess it will work a little bit though...I know it will start up, but a lot of functionality is blocked.

Yes it still exists and you still still get prompted but its not longer legally required. I remember seeing something about this is the news section on OCN a few months back.
    
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The world has made a 360 degree turn, and now Microsoft are the good guys.

Don't you mean a 180 degree turn? A 360 degree turn just puts you back in the same position as before.
 
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