Google Creates Community License to Unify Android Makers (GOOG, MSFT) “ We call it a community license because all members grant licenses to one another on a royalty-free basis, thereby promoting patent peace within the Android ecosystem,” the company wrote in a blogpost. In a separate blogpost, Jamie Rosenberg, vice president of business and operations, touted Android numbers (400 partner manufacturers, 500 carriers, and 4,000 devices) and stated that PAX would “further expand the openness of Android for its members.” PAX’s members have never really sued each other for patent disputes. The Mountain View company launched Android Networked Cross-License or PAX (Latin for Peace), a community license between manufacturers of Android devices that makes their collective patents available to each other minus royalties. Signatories to the patent license include prominent makes of Android phones, such as the likes of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd (SSNLF) and HTC. According to Google, the agreement “materially reduces patent risk.” In other words, this means that members will not sue each other for using Android-related patents in their devices. Signatories to the PAX license have been the subjects of patent disputes with other companies.
Microsoft Early Version of Whiteboard App Leaked According to media reports, an early version of the new app, which the company demonstrated during its Surface Pro event in May, was leaked online under the title “Education Preview,” implying that it’s geared toward students. In May, Microsoft announced a new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S operating system geared toward graduating high schoolers. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), aiming to take on Alphabet Inc.’s (GOOG) Google in the education market, is gearing up to launch a whiteboard app for Windows 10 aimed at that segment of the population. Microsoft’s new Windows 10 S operating system is directly aimed at stealing market share from Google’s Chrome operating system, which powers bare-bones Chromebooks. The aim with the Surface Laptop and the Windows 10 S OS is to create a device that is simple and secure for educational use—the same strategy Google pursued with the Chromebook. There’s also a feature that automatically creates an equation chart after a user draws one on the whiteboard and so called collaborative inking that enables users to have a meeting in which everyone can draw on the virtual board in real time, reported The Verge. Microsoft has previously said the whiteboard app for Windows 10 devices would be launched later in 2017, but the leak could mean it’s impending. For the Redmond, Wash., software giant, the education market is a big opportunity, but one that is dominated by Google and its line of Chromebook laptops and apps.