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NetEase Science & Technology News, October 11, according to GeekWire, Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it would join Google's Android mobile operating system based on linux after years of patent war.
The Open Source Invention Network was created by IBM, Red Hat and others in 2005, when it was just a patent pool. In this pool of patents, members agree to cross-license patents on condition that they do not declare them to companies engaged in Linux-based projects. Since then, Oracle, Google and hundreds of other companies have joined the group and created a vast patent pool that allows its members to protect themselves from non-member patent attacks.
Microsoft's decision to join the Open Source Invention Network shows once again that the company has changed its strategy when it comes to open source technology. Microsoft was keen to make money from Android device makers rather than develop its own mobile strategy.
Erich, vice president and deputy general counsel, Microsoft
In addition to the profound cultural shift that Microsoft has undergone in just a few years, the move also suggests that cloud computing may not be affected in that way unlike the meaningless, expensive patent wars that marked the rise of mobile computers with the iPhone and Android. Enterprise cloud computing relies heavily on Linux and other open source technologies, and any patent dispute involving open source technology will impact the entire system. (small)