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Remember Nikon Corp.'s (TYO:7731) Android-powered smart cameras like the Coolpix S800c?  Well it appears that adding Google Inc.'s (GOOG) free operating system isn't going to be quite so free -- Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has successfully shaken down the Japanese camera maker for a licensing fee.

Most of the top Android phonemakers -- including HTC Corp. (TPE:2498and Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) -- pay licensing fees ranging from $10 to $15 per unit to Microsoft.  Now it appears that the camera makers will be following in suit.  (Samsung presumably pays Microsoft a licensing fee on its "Galaxy" Android smartcameras).

In a press release Microsoft gloats:

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) 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. Microsoft’s specific patent licensing program for Android device makers has resulted in signed license agreements with numerous companies including Samsung, LG, HTC, Acer and Barnes & Noble.

Nikon Coolpix S800c

The licensing agreement is a cautionary tale to other camera makers.  Incorporating a smartphone-like OS into your point and shoot camera may be appealing, but it won't be free -- you'll have to pay the Microsoft tax.

Source: Microsoft

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By Fastyle on 2/22/2013 3:29:37 PM , Rating: 2
I for one think it is time for someone to develop a new and open storage system aka (File Allocation Table). which most of these (Microsoft) licensing agreements are (or start out as) being based on.

To think that if we had intellectual property laws as far back as say, the wheel, the container be it square or round (ooh wait, "I have the paten on round", "you have to pay me for every wheel you make". The impact on our society's progress would be long felt.

I for one will not be "licensing" Office 365, or any other software annually (there are alternatives), to continue to have to pay annually to use software is Ludacris. Soon it will be the OS that is preinstalled on your device be it PC, phone, tablet, camera or what ever else. Who wants that POS new OS any way, Microsoft is trying to force you to learn their phone and tablet OS on the PC so your more willing buy (or would that be “license”) their product next time, last I looked they had less then 3% of the cell phone market where all the money is (how often does the average person buy each of these), and a yet to be determined tablet market.

What's next, the government make us all pay a licensing fee to use the very tax system they've developed to tax us? and speaking of tax, isn't that what a licensing fee is, I thought only the government could do that and get away with it!

By sprockkets on 2/22/13, Rating: 0
By Darksurf on 2/24/2013 9:06:45 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung has already invented a solution for this problem and they just donated it to the Linux Kernel. its called the F2FS filesystem. Its meant for Solid State and bare-nand devices. So basically flash drives, SD cards, SSDs, and devices that have bare nand flash such as android phones and mobile devices.

Since they have a working linux/android model (which can be easily ported to BSD and Mac due to it being opensource) they just need to get a working windows driver.

Microsoft can eat **** and die.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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