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Is Microsoft the New Old IBM: a Ponderous Innot-vator?

Feb 26, 2010, 16:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emery Fletcher)

"There was an interesting pair of articles published on Computerworld Tuesday (February 23), significant in part for their content but much more for the comparison between them. The first article, by Patrick Thibodeau, announced a collaboration between IBM and Johnson Controls to expand the use of advanced sensor technologies to monitor conditions in a greater range of buildings than the data centers the two now service. What they propose for the future is to research and develop still more advanced products, such as nano-scale sensors which could be embedded in everything from bridge structures to wall paints.

"The second article, by James Niccolai, is a report that Amazon.com has agreed to pay Microsoft to enter a patent cross-licensing deal between the companies. Under the agreement, Amazon will have access to some of Microsoft's patent portfolio. Specifically, the article claims that "the agreement will shield Amazon from patent litigation against its Kindle e-reader, which includes some open-source software components, and against its use of Linux-based servers, Microsoft said."

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