Software Piracy and Royalties

17 Apr

Microsoft has gone around the world signing licensing agreements with electronics manufacturers who use Google’s “free” Android operating system, which supposedly violates some of Microsoft’s patents. Today, it was announced that Foxconn had signed such a licensing agreement. Why is this news? Windows Phone Central says:

Foxconn is an original design manufacturer (ODM) for big names like: Acer, Amazon, Cisco, Dell, Google, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Toshiba, and more. Nearly 40% of all electronics on planet earth are made through them….

Microsoft is in an interesting position of needing to compete with Google for mobile OS market share while profiting from Google’s success in that market. I guess that’s called having your cake and eating it too…

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Tech


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