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Microsoft files patent for ‘PhonePad’, hints at future Windows plans
Mar25

Microsoft files patent for ‘PhonePad’, hints at future Windows plans

A recently published Microsoft patent application hints at future efforts to make Windows leap across the species boundary. Windows already does so, in a way, with the Continuum feature. Hook up a keyboard and a display to the phone, and it turns a phone into a PC, with the same binaries on the phone turning into a (sort of) fully-fledged desktop app. The “PhonePad” patent application hints at something else, though. In the patent,...

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Microsoft still forces companies to pay for its Android patents
Mar22

Microsoft still forces companies to pay for its Android patents

Microsoft has long sought to build credibility with the open source community, but it continues to shoot itself in the foot by forcing companies to pay for its Android patents. This has led some in the open source community to remain sour on Microsoft and its business practices. SJVN reports for ZDNet: There is, however, one thing that many open-source people agree keeps them from really trusting Microsoft: Its continued demand that...

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Microsoft and Rakuten agree patent deal
Mar14

Microsoft and Rakuten agree patent deal

Microsoft’s technology licensing arm and e-commerce company Rakuten have signed a patent cross-licensing agreement covering each company’s respective consumer electronics products, including Android and Linux-based devices. “Our agreement with Rakuten reinforces the opportunities that cross-licensing can bring to companies across the technology spectrum,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “This...

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Microsoft agrees Android patent licensing deal
Mar11

Microsoft agrees Android patent licensing deal

Microsoft has agreed a patent licensing deal with technology company Wistron covering the Android and Google Chrome platforms. The deal, announced on Monday, March 7, covers Wistron’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other devices running the Android and Chrome platforms that fall under Microsoft’s patent portfolio. Financial details have not been revealed, but according to Microsoft the deal is an extension of a previous Android...

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Microsoft Patents A Modular PC Design
Feb18

Microsoft Patents A Modular PC Design

Microsoft’s latest hardware project could involve a modular computer with stackable components, as indicated by a new patent. It seems Microsoft is brainstorming a modular PC. The company recently patented a “modular computing device,” which would consist of separate pieces that could be swapped out for upgrades and customization. It initially applied for the patent in July 2015. The range and functionality of...

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Microsoft’s Gates to start multi-billion-dollar clean tech initiative: report
Nov27

Microsoft’s Gates to start multi-billion-dollar clean tech initiative: report

WASHINGTON () – Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to double their research and development budgets to boost clean energy deployment and work collaboratively, according to GreenWire, an...

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Red Hat, Microsoft Forge Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership
Nov05

Red Hat, Microsoft Forge Wide-Ranging Cloud Partnership

Two erstwhile rivals come to a patent agreement in a move to help customers embrace the hybrid cloud. Linux vendor Red Hat has spent much of its existence fighting Microsoft Windows in the marketplace. Today, in a surprising move, Red Hat and Microsoft entered into a broad partnership that will see Red Hat engineers co-located at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash., as the two vendors aim to enable each other’s...

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