Oct
01
2010




Microsoft competes against Android(the only way it can) – Patents

I was reading CNN.com today and came across a priceless article about Microsoft.  Ahead of their up coming Windows 7 mobile is a new slew of patent lawsuits against Googles Android platform.  Below is an excerpt, you can find the whole article here:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/01/technology/microsoft_motorola/index.htm

The nine patents that Motorola (MOTFortune 500) allegedly violated involve essential smartphone functions, including “synchronizing e-mail, calendars and contacts; scheduling meetings; and notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power,” Microsoft said.

This is all happening right before the Windows 7 mobile release.  Strange…  This to me is a move to spread FUD(Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) about Android.  My guess is that Motorola will settle the claim through a cross licening deal and/or release of Windows 7 on their phones.

If you can’t compete, sue!  Good Job Steve Balmer!  Way to give up ground in almost every new arena Microsoft steps into!  Way to build investor confidence by patent trolling better products.  There are still many more customers and software developers Microsoft has yet to alienate…

Steve, if your reading my blog I just want to say… I’m being sarcastic.  Try making products that are good. Software that people want to use because it works well.  Do you realize how absurd it is to have a virtual Monopoly in the Windows desktop market and still be unable to release a decent mobile phone platform?  There are so many verticals from the desktop to the mobile…

The notion that you are going to sue a competitor for a patent on the “notifying applications of changes in signal strength and battery power” is ridiculous.  I mean common guys; seriously?  I think electronic devices have been alerting applications to battery strength for a very long time.  Like laptops for instance.  Like UPS power supplies.  Hell, didn’t Apollo 13 space vehicle(moon mission disaster) have some kind of battery alert system?

What your telling us is that your company can’t make money on it’s own merits.  Microsoft has so much money and talent…  I can understand the need to file baseless patents for the purpose of protecting themselves in the future, but to sue them now is sign of weakness.  Goldman Sachs just downgraded their stock for perceived failures in the mobile space.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but shouldn’t they wait to see what Windows Phone 7 looks like and how it sells before a downgrade?  Or is it that even Wall Street is tech savy enough to count on a mediocre product from Balmer and the gang.  If you’re an investor or customer of Microsoft consider this, can you trust a company whose business model amounts to protecting a monopoly and suing innovators?  Is that sustainable?

I have some idea’s for Microsoft Phone 8 that might turn all this around. Spend some R&D money!  First I’d like 3D screens like the new Nintendo handheld. Also I want to be able to tether freely.  Port Xbox games to Windows phone 7.  If developers don’t want to port a popular game, then pay them to do so.  Let me use my Window phone 7 as HUD for Xbox Live.  My phone should talk to me; read me websites while I travel, remind of stuff, and give me GPS directions free.  I should be able to record word documents with speech to text from my Windows Phone 8 device.  I should also be ale to send email in the same manner.  Battery life must be great!  Nice fantasy for Microsoft, huh?

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Written by mattb in: News,Windows | Tags: , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  • This would be cool for tlebat and mobile like devices but for a laptop or desktop I will pass.

    Comment | February 9, 2012
  • mattb

    Well that’s what I’m talking about. Mobile. Two pot heads could come up with better idea’s than the dribble Microsoft peddles to the cyber serfs(human beings).

    Comment | February 10, 2012

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