Well it seems Microsoft knows no bounds when stacking the odds in its favour. The UK Register reports that Microsoft is claiming to hold hundreds of Android patents, so could it in fact pose problems for Android device manufacturers, not to mention Google. According to one commenter, Microsoft owns around 200 patents essential to the manufacture of Android smartphones, so there is a potential for conflict should MS decide to revoke usage of the patents outside of its own sphere of control.
I suppose it should come as no surprise, with various technologies crossing platforms, but I'm curious as to why MS is just announcing this now. It seems Redmond tech giant has held these patents for some time, so what is the purpose of announcing its ownership so long after the fact? Is there an agenda behind it? Are the patent wars about to erupt again? Or is there another plan of attack to yet be unveiled?
So far there has been an announcement, then nothing at all... but is this the calm before the storm?
Oh how I love a good conflict and/or conspiracy theory.