"Microsoft announced today that it would begin to license its
home-grown ideas to venture capital firms and entrepreneurs. The
move, the company said, is an effort both to open up its technology
to outsiders and to exploit its storehouse of intellectual
"The new program, called Microsoft Intellectual Property
Ventures, is intended to foster more amicable relations between the
big software company and start-up companies that have often
regarded Microsoft as a threat..."
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