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"General Motors is not in the business of making cars. It is in the business of making money," repurposed for the 21st century.
The headline of this Preston Gralla post says something to me …
Microsoft's biggest mobile money-maker is Android, not Windows Phone 7
… and the lede speaks volumes:
Microsoft may be spending enormous amount of money and development effort on Windows Phone 7, but for now, it's making more money off of Android than it is from Windows Phone 7. So says Citi analyst Walter Pritchard in a just-released report.
Gizmodo says that according to Pritchard's report, Microsoft gets five times as much money from Android than it does from Windows Phone 7, because of a settlement in an intellectual property infringement case against HTC.
When a company is making most of its money through
IP shakedowns Consistently Taking A Proactive Approach To Licensing To Resolve IP Infringement And Continuing To Develop Programs That Make It Possible To Access Its IP Portfolio … ugh. Sometimes there are no words.
And yes, given who we're talking about here, I feel confident in assuming this particular bit of "intellectual property" is something that only a corporate lawyer would not call ridiculous, and that HTC figured they'd lose less blood putting up with the parasite than trying to excise it. The idea of Microsoft actually creating something of worth from scratch … has very few precedents in their history, let us say. Especially the recent history. You do remember how they got Bing to work, right?
Hey, Steve Ballmer. Sue this: