Sources: Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, U.S. Patent Office
quote: Back in the day MS became popular because they worked pretty well with everything.
quote: And while they have recently made Windows Phone "free" in certain situations, there's still a TON of strings attached.
quote: But don't sit here and tell us that's being more "open" than Google. That's preposterous!
quote: I know what he was referring to. Google is consolidating services into it's own apps, to ensure a consistent and better end-user experience for all users . Mind you this is NO WAY prevents others from promoting, developing, and distributing competing services. All of which Google freely allows and supports.
quote: Microsoft is just desperate, that's all. They aren't turning into a cuddly huggable teddy bear.