I have nothing but dislike for Microsoft at this point. Any company that charges extra money to let users change the language of an operating system is in my opinion so far gone that nothing can save it. As if to help me prove my point that the company is run by
mentally unstable people greedy bastards, Microsoft has now gone ahead and sued Barnes & Noble. Why? Because they use Android on their Nook Color ebook reader. Apparently Android infringes on several Microsoft patents, a problem that other device manufacturers have cleverly avoided by paying Microsoft though a licensing program. According to Microsoft, the patents include: “a range of functionality embodied in Android devices that are essential to the user experience, including: natural ways of interacting with devices by tabbing through various screens to find the information they need; surfing the Web more quickly, and interacting with documents and e-books”.Since Barnes & Noble use Android, they also have to pay Microsoft. And you all thought Android was free!
This whole patent business is getting way out of hand and at this point it’s beyond retarded what some companies have patents on. It seems as though you can’t take a piss without being sued for infringing on some penis targeting system patent. I wonder what Microsoft intends to do about all those no-name tablets and phones out there who run Android- certainly those have to pay as well, right Microsoft? Either way, I wish Barnes & Noble the best of luck and I hope they beat Microsoft so hard they need to pay whoever has the patent on anal shoe retrieval.[via GeekWire, TechEBlog | Microsoft]