Microsoft's Open-Source Move To Pay Dividends In The Cloud

Law360 (October 18, 2018, 8:51 PM EDT) -- Microsoft astonished some in the tech community by joining the Open Innovation Network, a group of companies that provide each other free licenses to patents covering the Linux operating system, but attorneys say it's a smart move to bolster Microsoft's cloud computing business.

Microsoft Corp. announced on Oct. 10 that it was committing its entire portfolio of 60,000 patents to OIN, which serves as a patent nonaggression group designed to shield Linux, the open-source system that competes with Windows, from infringement suits. The group has over 2,700 members, including fellow titans like Google LLC and Sony Corp.

The move came as...

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