Oct
01
2010
2

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?

Oct
06
2009
0

Richard Stallman on the Rampage Again – this time against Mono

I was reading Slashdot today and came across an interesting post about the Mono project.  Richard Stallman of GNU/FSF fame is blasting the Mono project.  His argument is that because Mono is developed in C# the project itself is compromised because the threat of future patent litigation.

That is a reasonable concern, but as he points out in his blog post there are other implementations ‘.NET’ framework being developed by GNU.  The point of the Mono project is to create a compatibility with Microsoft’s .NET framework.  If Richard Stallman can bring closer integration without the possibility of infringement then do it!  The Open Source community welcomes the competition. Here is a quote from a July 2009, Stallman post:

Debian’s decision to include Mono in its principal way of installing GNOME, for the sake of Tomboy which is an application written in C#, leads the community in a risky direction. It is dangerous to depend on C#, so we need to discourage its use.
The problem is not unique to Mono; any free implementation of C# would raise the same issue. The danger is that Microsoft is probably planning to force all free C# implementations underground some day using software patents. (See http://swpat.org and http://progfree.org.) This is a serious danger, and only fools would ignore it until the day it actually happens. We need to take precautions now to protect ourselves from this future danger.

Okay, so this is a reasonable opinion.  In a different post he starts making personal attacks against individual developers,
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