Microsoft’s Ballmer: Android Isn’t Really Free — You Have To Pay Us For Patents

Microsoft is giving phone makers a choice: pay us to use our software, or pay us to use Google’s software. Or pay your lawyers to fight us in court.

As I said in The Symmetry Between Apple and Microsoft, Microsoft’s in a tough spot. It appears that they see litigation as one way out of that spot. Granted that they have more cards to play, the lawsuit plan doesn’t seem likely to work out much better than it did for SCO.


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