Foxconn Parent to Pay Microsoft Royalties on Android and Chrome OS Devices

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NavarWynn

So what are these patents being used? Specifically, are they for code, hardware, implementation, what? I'm just curious of course, but it seems a little ridiculous to flame MS unless you know what you are flaming them about...

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Ledoubleu

Exactly, I mean realistically Google has claimed it's an Ad company, not a software company. So Google makes the bulk of their money because you click on links or use maps to find a restaurant etc. (Check it, it's true!)

So why shouldn't MS, a stated Software company, make money on tech they bought outright or developed in house. It's the way of the business world and not unique to the 21st century.

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sundropdrinker3

Wow, it appears that all the people that commented here so far are clueless about a lot of things.

"Yeah, too bad Google won't stand up to them, they have pockets as deep if not deeper, but they won't...birds of a feather and all of that." - And what is Google supposed to stand up to? The phones that run these OS's utilize a patent owned by MS. So yeah, they are gonna get paid, as it IS MS's technology. Not Google's, not the phone makers. I do agree with you about the next XBox though. For their sake, that rumor better be false.

"Why is Microsoft profiting for things it doesn't even own? Oh wait...because they're a bunch of thieves. Let us hope Windows 8 and Winnows Blue die fast and kill this company. Of course...should Windows 7 survive this I would be happy." - Look above, hypocritical di'kut. It owns the patents to the tech being used. Osik, people who don't like something really show their stupidity when bashing it.

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drevas

"Yeah, too bad Google won't stand up to them, they have pockets as deep if not deeper, but they won't...birds of a feather and all of that." - And what is Google supposed to stand up to? The phones that run these OS's utilize a patent owned by MS. So yeah, they are gonna get paid, as it IS MS's technology."

This has never been litigated, because MS claims it doesn't make it TRUE. How many Patent claims have been invalidated between Apple and Samsung during their scorched Earth, and ongoing, Patent War? Microsoft has avoided publicly revealing specifically which Patents that they are talking about. Why don't they want to say? It could certainly help prevent future "infringement". Litigation is the only way to find out. Google passed. I suspect that the EU won't.

Don't tell other people they are clueless when you really don't know either.

I'm no anti-Microsoft flamer, I've used every Consumer OS from MS since 3.1, but I also don't TRUST them.

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Mikey109105

Why is Microsoft profiting for things it doesn't even own? Oh wait...because they're a bunch of thieves. Let us hope Windows 8 and Winnows Blue die fast and kill this company. Of course...should Windows 7 survive this I would be happy.

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bjoswald

I'm getting really tired of Microsoft. I hope by the next decade we will be driven by OSS. It's a pipe-dream, but still a dream.

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Sparx10

+1

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drevas

Microsoft has to continue to diversify their revenue stream because Windows 8 is circling the drain, The leaked info on the new XBOX almost assures that the PS4 is going to kick it in the teeth, and Surface is selling about as fast as it takes the average glacier to travel a thousand miles.

Microsoft is imploding, Steve Ballmer is the worst CEO in America, but Microsoft hasn't lost one ounce of their hubris.

Yeah, too bad Google won't stand up to them, they have pockets as deep if not deeper, but they won't...birds of a feather and all of that.

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EarthBoundMisfit

I wish all these companies being fleeced by Microsoft would grow a set and see JUST WHAT IT PATENTS that the Linux OS supposedly infringes on concerning Microsoft patent portfolio (Microsoft has long alleged that Linux infringes upon Microsoft patents). After that...I wish all the companies that have been screwed over by Microsoft over the years would get together and sue them for massive amounts of damages.
Until they do, Microsoft will continue to be the bully that profits from the innovations of others, while contributing very little in the way of computing innovations itself.

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sundropdrinker3

"Until they do, Microsoft will continue to be the bully that profits from the innovations of others, while contributing very little in the way of computing innovations itself."

Do you understand the stupidity of this statement? Companies are using Microsoft's patents, and paying Microsoft because of that, but MS is the one not innovating? I understand that a company can buy patents, but saying that MS is stifling innovation because another company is using MS's patents, INSTEAD OF INNOVATING FOR THEIR SELVES, is stupid at a high level. If you want to blame someone, and for something that happens a LOT and not just in electronic crap, blame the companies to lazy to innovate.

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PCLinuxguy

The EU is on a good track with the anti-monopolistic suits against MS, however with the vast majority sucking from the MS teet that is Windows,and the overwhelming waves of the average consumer that wouldn't know tech if it poked their eyes out. it'll be hard to get enough momentum together to force Microsoft to reveal the patents it claims are being infringed upon. I recall the "show us the code" challenge given to Microsoft that was similar to what you're talking about. MS never stepped up and showed any code to prove that Linux or any other open source OS was doing them harm.

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