Microsoft and Sign Patent Agreement


Quote from the press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Inc. The agreement provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio and covers a broad range of products and technology, including coverage for Amazon’s popular e-reading device, Kindle™, which employs both open source and Amazon’s proprietary software components, and Amazon’s use of Linux-based servers.”

Wow. Worlds biggest online retailer + Microsoft Marketplace + Windows Phone 7 Series + Zune + Windows Slate + Kindle + Xbox. The blogs all mention patent-dealing to avoid lawsuits – I am thinking market penetration and platform-share. Put on your conspiracy hat. What do you think they are planning to do?

Oh wait, would this also cover Amazon EC2 and Windows Azure?