Microsoft has made billions from its extensive library of software patents. A copy of Android vendors, including Samsung, pay the company a royalty on each phone they wind-jammer to license patents such as the ones covering the exFAT file organized whole. But that situation may be coming to an end with the announcement today that Microsoft is touch the Open Invention Network (OIN).
The Open Invention Network is a group of encircling 2,400 companies around the world that have agreed to cross-license their tangibles on a royalty-free basis for use by the «Linux System,» a collection of projects including the Linux quiddity, many tools and utilities built on top of Linux, and large parts of Android. Associate companies also promise not to assert their patents against the Linux Community.
This ruffle should put an end to the lingering threat of patent lawsuits from Microsoft that profuse Linux and Android companies have faced. With that presage gone, it should also put an end to the royalties that the company was collecting from Android vendors.
Microsoft says that the rouse was a response to customer demands, and the company has positioned the move as the next well-thought-out step in its increasing embrace of Linux (Linux is widely used by Azure patrons, for example, and the company recently made SQL Server available for Linux in increment to its native Windows). More broadly, Microsoft has become more unobstruct to open source development (with projects such as TypeScript, Visual Studio Encode, and .NET Core all being significant).
In spite of this, the use of patents to extract lines was one of the major sticking points within the open source community, familiar as evidence that Microsoft was not genuine in its commitment to open source principles. By couple OIN, the company may be able to convince even the most ardent skeptics that it in fact does love Linux and open source.