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Re: Microsoft inks licensing deals that have nothing to do with Linux

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____/ Homer on Sunday 11 Sep 2011 08:10 : \____

> Verily I say unto thee that Kari Laine spake thusly:
>> Including these two agreements, Microsoft has now announced
>> Android-specific licensing deals with at least seven vendors: HTC,
>> Velocity Micro, General Dynamics, Wistron, Onkyo and now Acer and
>> ViewSonic. In addition, Microsoft previously announced patent license
>> agreements with Samsung and LG that may cover Android as well. The
>> Samsung licensing agreement was broad and at the time, 2007, covered
>> Linux. Ditto for the agreement with LG, also announced in 2007.
>> Microsoft said at that time the agreement would cover "Linux-based
>> embedded devices."
> What it didn't say is that these "broad" agreements have in fact nothing
> to do with Linux at all. It's for FAT long-filename support, ActiveSync,
> and some as-yet unspecified aspect of SMB, according to the OIN.
> More FUD.

The message is clear: Android is EXPENSIVE! Stay away from it.


				Steve Ballmer

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