Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Are We Seeing A New Microsoft?
Have the courts forced Microsoft into this, or did they see this as ANOTHER division and ANOTHER revenue generator for the company.
Technology Review has a story about traffic prediction and avoidance. Pretty neat technology but there's one sentence in the article that should make people look at Microsoft in a different light.
The company uses algorithms that originated in the labs of Microsoft Research; its technology is the first fruit of Microsoft's initiative to license intellectual property to venture capitalists and startups
Instead of taking years to embed a new application into an OS or new device, they license the IP and let others develop it. How long, and how could, Microsoft even attempt to implement all of their IP.
All the years Nathan Myhrvold and Intellectual Ventures (do a Google if you don't know who they are) have been buying up patents. What do you think they will do with them?
How much revenue do you think Microsoft can generate from Nathan's visions? (Wink wink, hint hint, nod nod)
Microsoft is in a position where they can go to court with anybody, so there would definitely be an incentive to license versus fight.
Will Microsoft create a licensing arm? Will this be their answer to Web 2.0?