Microsoft says patent-infringing Android isn't really free

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Sep 17, 2010 5:38 PM EDT
ars technica; By Emil Protalinski
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Google's open source Android operating system is not as free as it seems, Microsoft argues, because it infringes a number of patents. When asked whether open source models created problems for vendors with licensed software, the software giant went on the offensive. "It does infringe on a bunch of patents, and there's a cost associated with that," Tivanka Ellawala, Microsoft financial officer told MarketWatch. "So there's a... cost associated with Android that doesn't make it free."

[There is nothing like some good old fashion Microsoft FUD for your Friday afternoon. - Scott]

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