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From: zax4/25/2012 8:46:20 PM
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Pegatron licenses Microsoft's patent portfolio for Android and Chrome devices
By Michael Gorman posted Apr 25th 2012 1:07PM

Microsoft may make a ton of money by selling Xboxes, operating systems, and other software to consumers , but it also pads its bottom line by monetizing its IP. Its newest patent profits will be coming from Pegatron Corp. -- a Taiwanese ODM that makes parts for a plethora of others, including Apple, ASUS and HP -- as the two companies have entered into a licensing agreement for devices running Android and Chrome OS. The agreement covers e-readers, smartphones and tablets, with Pegatron paying Redmond royalties of unknown amount. So, the Ballmer licensing bandwagon continues unabated, but we just hope all this new-found cash will be put to use creating fantastic new products instead of funding more courtroom conflicts.

Microsoft and Pegatron Corp. Sign Patent Agreement Covering Android- and Chrome-Based Devices

The contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Pegatron under the agreement.
REDMOND, Wash., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Pegatron Corp. have signed a patent agreement that provides coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for a broad array of Pegatron products including eReaders, smartphones and tablets running the Android or Chrome platforms. Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicate that Microsoft will receive royalties from Pegatron under the agreement.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Pegatron and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. "With this agreement, Microsoft has now licensed four of the top five Taiwanese ODMs."

Microsoft's Commitment to Licensing Intellectual Property

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio.

More information about Microsoft's licensing programs is available at

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From: zax4/26/2012 12:12:37 AM
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Brilliant! Great marketing. I love the daily Bing home page image and links. Even though I actually use Google as my default search engine - its still a tad better - I do set the Bing as my browser home page for the pretty images; this sort of setup makes it much more tempting to at least more regularly use it. Very clever. Unfortunately not Vista compatible.

Like Bing? Go get Bing Desktop now for your PC.
Posted on Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:25 pm EDT by Daniel Rubino

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new app for Windows 7 PCs called Bing Desktop (it was in beta for the last few weeks). It's an interesting move as Google as had their Desktop app for years (it's also a little creepy as it can search your hard disk).

Luckily, Bing Desktop does no such thing and darn it all, it's awesome to boot.

For one, it can download the Bing wallpaper daily to your PC and makes it your desktop background. Next, there's a nifty Bing Search bar that sits on your desktop and allows super quick access to Microsoft's increasingly awesome search service. Pro tip: pin it to the top of your screen and you can tap to bring it down anywhere for quick lookups-- Microsoft really nailed the interaction here in our opinion.

Enough chit chat though, go and download it here and read the Bing Team's description of it here. We think it's awesome though. You?

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To: zax who wrote (17927)4/26/2012 12:30:53 AM
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They should go all the way and port the Bing iPad app to Windows. Talk about a beautiful app... I sure hope they have a Metro version in time for the windows 8 launch.

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 8:26:23 AM
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Microsoft evangelist made a mistake on Windows Phone 8 upgrade claim - Mobile Phones - CNET - CNET Asia

So it seems buyers of the popular Nokia Lumia 900 and other current Windows Phone 7 handsets won't be able to lift off to Apollo.

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 8:42:47 AM
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HTC beats Nokia in the camera game with the Titan II (review & gallery) | ZDNet

Why the HTC Titan II over the Lumia 900?

I thought the Nokia Lumia 900 with 8 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics would blow away all the other Windows Phone devices, but sadly it just doesn’t impress me that much. I know megapixels really don’t define the camera, but when combined with a decent aperature and optics the HTC Titan II beats the Lumia 900 in the camera game.

It is not just the camera on the Titan II that impresses, but the camera software enhancements that HTC provides help push it past the Lumia 900. You will find panorama mode, burst mode, many different scene choices, red eye reduction, image stabilization, and more.

I prefer HTC Windows Phones because they provide enhanced utilities that make the phone much more usable. If you go to Settings>Attentive Phone you will find the following options:

Quiet ring on pickup
Pocket mode: Increases the ring in your pocket or bag
Flip for speaker
Flip to mute ringer

You will also find sound enhancements for SRS and equalizer mode when using headphones.Nokia Maps and Nokia Drive are nice apps on the Lumia 900 that help set it apart, but I do like the attentive phone utilities and HTC flashlight. WPCentral has an excellent comparison between these two new Windows Phones and they also came down to giving a nod to the HTC Titan II.

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 3:25:15 PM
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The Slow Decay Of The Microsoft Consumer | TechCrunch

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 3:29:55 PM
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8 things Microsoft needs to do to save Windows 8 | ZDNet

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From: Lahcim Leinad4/26/2012 3:34:41 PM
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Windows 8? Windows RT? Is this bifurcation Intel's fault? | Technology |

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From: David Klein4/26/2012 5:02:40 PM
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Here is my latest update:

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To: David Klein who wrote (17934)4/27/2012 12:18:29 AM
From: Jurgis Bekepuris
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Pretty good analysis. I agree with you that MSFT is undervalued per PE, E/EV and similar measures while not so cheap based on DCF.

MSFT opportunity is continued strength in enterprise base + remaining consumer choice + possible Win Phone / Win 8 mobile market gain + Xbox domination and renewal.
MSFT risk is that Win Phone and Win 8 both flop while PC+enterprise erode. It's not totally out of the realm of possibility.

Disclaimer: I have a large position in MSFT.

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