If you cant beat them, sue them! That seems to be the universal model in America today. Well in sticking with that model, Microsoft announced that they are suing Motorola over patent infringement for Google Android smart phones. This attack on Google Android is the latest in a barrage of attacks this year by major corporations trying to slow down the growth of the operating system. Apple and Oracle have already filed suit and other suits are probably soon to follow.
Why is Android being sued?
Well Android has surpassed the Apple iPhone for market share according to consumer data released earlier this year. Motorola makes the handsets for the Motorola Droid, Droid X and Droid 2 Android, which leverage Microsoft’s technologies like the Exchange ActiveSync for messaging synchronization.
What does this mean to me?
Probably not much since I’m sure the cases will drag out in court for years and years until either a settlement is reached or a new operating system (to sue) is created. However it’s pretty sad that Microsoft has chosen this route a week before the release of it’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system. It shows a lack of confidence that they can compete in the phone market and that they need to result to cheap parlor tricks to slow down the competition. How sad.