The cracks are forming in Microsoft’s latest crap legal battle against the Open Source community. PC World is now writing articles clearly pointing to the Redmond Monstrosity’s soft white underbelly, hanging in the wind with this new ploy.
Why would a company like Microsoft go to the trouble of making vague threats about some 200+ patents years after they’ve already filed those patents? They’ve used litigation many times in the past to stomp competition out of the market, as I’ve pointed out earlier. Why not just pull the cord like always, and why on Earth would they have waited so long? Because it’s all crap, and Horacio Gutierrez inadvertently hits the nail on the head of why:
However, Gutierrez also acknowledged that Microsoft’s decision to seek royalties for patents is a business one. “Microsoft invests over 6 billion in research and development a year, and that’s an investment that results in innovation,” he said. “Our shareholders have a right to expect that we are going to protect that innovation.”
Ah, but you haven’t innovated, and that’s the problem. Not only has MS not innovated in a long time, they’ve either built crappy versions of other people’s software or just rehashed their own crap. Creating a new OS that’s totally incompatible with current software and hardware whose only stated “benefit” is the ability to prevent users from copying music (the chief reason that most new PC users cite for wanting a computer, actually) or use a bootleg version of the OS. Ooh! Where do I buy me a copy of that?
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