Most powerful tab w/o Microsoft Tax?

Discussion in 'Android Tablet Discussions' started by zorg, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. zorg

    zorg Member

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note looked like a great product to me until I discovered that Samsung (along with LG and a few others) pays the Microsoft Tax, a fee charged by Microsoft backed by the threat that an army of lawyers will claim that Android infringes Microsoft patents. It doesn't matter to Microsoft whether their claim is true because the real threat is being tied up in litigation for years. Microsoft probably shows these companies that it would be cheaper to pay a per-device fee rather than risk the uncertainty of court, where it may not matter who is right and who is wrong as much as who pays the best attorneys. Because of the Microsoft Tax, Microsoft makes the most money in the Android Universe despite (A) contributing nothing and (B) spending a fortune to destroy Linux.

    I choose not to contribute to this gangsterism. My country (USA) once felt the same but the judge in the Microsoft anti trust case made anti-Microsoft remarks in public and Microsoft was able to escape on this technicality. My only recourse as a private citizen with no political power is to avoid paying money to Microsoft as much as possible.

    This doesn't mean I want the cheapest Android tablet. I would like the best-spec model I can get. But my experience is that, when Microsoft tried to destroy the netbook market, it only went after the most highly spec'ed netbooks, telling the mfrs that they would spare anyone who made netbooks so limited that they would pose no threat in usability. I assume that Microsoft will pursue this same strategy with Android. I assume it will be hard to find powerful tablets that are free of the Microsoft tax.

    I know that Barnes & Noble and Motorola are resisting the Microsoft Tax. Are there any vendors with display resolution to match the Galaxy Note (e.g., more than 275 ppi) ? Any with really fast quad core processors?
  2. juhni

    juhni Member

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    By paying the Microsoft tax these manufacturers get access to there patents as they relate to mobile platforms. Also it helps provide them with a sheild against apple's frivolous lawsuits. I hate the so called Microsoft tax also, however a mobile manufacturer would be insanely stupid to not pay it. Jusy imagine HTC, LG, Samsung and other android makers fight with both apple and Microsoft at the same time. Heck if apple claims a patent violation that Microsoft owns they will go to bat for those who pay the tax. Plus this is another way for Microsoft to outshine apple and stick yet another dagger in them.

    Anyone remember when apple, Microsoft and rim got together and outbid Google on some patents. Now Microsoft has turned around and licensed them to the tax payers. Steve Jobs had to be pissed about that.

    Also Microsoft doesn't have to spend much effort on Linux. Don't believe me? Just ask any question on a Linux board. You'll be flamed so much that 93% of the people will not use Linux again. Microsoft isn't hurting Linux those Linux forum trolls are hurting it.

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    Last edited: Jan 29, 2012

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