Microsoft and Google End Hostilities, Partner Up

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Microsoft and Google End Hostilities, Partner Up

Microsoft has been slow to embrace open source, collaboration and common good.

Following a successful series of talks, Google and Microsoft on Thursday announced they had come to an agreement to close about 20 lawsuits fired off by both sides.

Microsoft and Motorola Mobility had been at each other’s legal throats since 2010, with claims of unpaid royalties and unlawful reneges on agreements thickening the air between the two. Google purchased Motorola Mobility and inherited the company’s war roughly a year after the skirmishes with Microsoft began.

The 20 cases now resolved fell primarily into the categories of mobile phones, video decoding and WiFi, a person familiar with the matter told the E-Commerce Times.

As part of the agreement, Google and Microsoft will dismiss all pending patent suits between them, including cases pertaining to Motorola Mobility.

“Separately, Google and Microsoft have agreed to collaborate on certain patent matters and anticipate working together in other areas in the future to benefit our customers,” the companies said in a joint statement.

One of the areas Google and Microsoft intend to collaborate on includes a topic that once was a point of contention: video decoding.

Microsoft and Google are supporting the advancement of VP8 and VP9 technology and the Alliance for Open Media, the source said.

The Nadella Effect

Microsoft has been slow to embrace open source, collaboration and common good — philosophies that have been tenets of the tech world for quite some time, said Rebecca Brooks, a founding member of Alter Agents.

“This is a classic case of ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,'” she told the E-Commerce Times.

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