M$ Admits to EU That It Can’t Compete With Android/Linux

"Google’s predatory distribution of Android at below-cost makes it difficult for other providers of operating systems to recoup investments in competing with Google’s dominant mobile platform, the complaint says."
see EU to probe Google's below cost licensing of Android: Courtesy Microsoft Nokia

Chuckle. Claiming licensing of an OS is “below cost” when Google makes a ton of money from advertising should not fly with the EU any more than M$’s complaint against Barnes and Noble did“Instead of focusing on innovation and the development of new products for consumers, Microsoft has decided to invest its efforts into driving open source developers from the mobile operating systems market. Through the use of offensive licensing agreements and the demand for unreasonable licensing fees, Microsoft is hindering creativity in the mobile operating systems market…. Through the use of oppressive licensing terms that amount to a veto power over a wide variety of innovative features in Android devices of all kinds, as well as its prohibitively expensive licensing fees, Microsoft is attempting to push open source software developers out of the market altogether.”

M$ ended up paying B&N $300million even thought the ITC looked favourably upon M$’s complaint and rejected B&N’s defence. Apparently, that “win” did nothing to hold back Android/Linux.

The idea that an owner of copyright cannot give away it’s product is plainly silly. Copyright law says the owner can make copies any way they want, charging money or not.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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6 Responses to M$ Admits to EU That It Can’t Compete With Android/Linux

  1. dougman says:

    Well, as in all the world….Karma is a B1tch

  2. oiaohm says:

    bw the interesting thing is the most of the Fin team from Nokia now work on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailfish_OS .

    So free Android has not harmed them selling Sailfish OS to phone carriers in China.

    So number of fins put on dole due to Android is zero. Number forced out of job by Microsoft Nokia deal due to promising to go Microsoft OS over using Nokia own internally developed OS lots. This is why Jolla exists. Jolla is Nokia old OS development team.

  3. bw says:

    <em<Microsoft Nokia

    No such entity exists, of course, at least not in the form of, say, Google Motorola Mobile.

    All that aside, it is interesting to speculate on how the EU might actually treat this complaint. They were able to feast at the Microsoft table in the past, gaining billions of euros as fines for the damage that might have been done to Oracle/Sun, browser makers, or audio programs from Real Networks. These were USA based companies to begin with. Now comes a brother from the EU ‘hood itself. Heaven only knows how many Finns were put on the dole by the actions of Google in fronting Android to anyone who wanted to help unseat Nokia, so there are a lot of axes to be ground over there yet.

  4. oiaohm says:

    Agent_Smith “Hey, hey, hey… What about IE inside winblow$ 98 ? M$ also gave that for free and did not complain it was below cost.”

    By the letter of law that was not free. The maker of the trident rendering engine got a percentage of the price of Windows at the time.

  5. Agent_Smith says:

    Hey, hey, hey… What about IE inside winblow$ 98 ? M$ also gave that for free and did not complain it was below cost.

  6. bw says:

    “M$ ended up paying B&N $300million even thought the ITC looked favourably upon M$’s complaint and rejected B&N’s defence.”

    I don’t think that is a fair presentation of the joint venture between B&N and Microsoft that was created as part of the settlement. The new company is formed to provide readers and content for the nascent college text ebook products that B&N is a natural leader within. Microsoft got a 20% or so share of that pie in exchange for cross licensing pertinent patents and settling the original lawsuit and counter suit.

    $300M is a small bill around Redmond and came out of the petty cash drawer.

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