ZDNet: Two on Microsoft’s IP Moves, Settlements

Does Microsoft’s Settlement Fever Signal IP Offensive?

“Microsoft’s $536 million settlement with rival Novell is
certain to raise eyebrows, as the agreement is another in a closely
packed string of settlements that the software giant has reached
with opposing litigants in the past year. In dispatching so many
suits in such a short period of time for a breathtaking sum of
money, the company has taken a significant number of items off the
to-do lists of its attorneys and executives…”


Is Microsoft Taking Dead Aim at Linux?

“Microsoft’s alliance with Sun seems to have been the turning
point. The old saying “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” seems to
apply here. Sun and Microsoft are competitors in the enterprise
server space but both are threatened by any widespread adoption of
Linux in the enterprise…”