I was reading about some new "promise" that Microsoft supposedly made, but in reading the details I see it as much ado about nothing. Here are the points they made:
Well, duh. This isn't anything more than saying they'll respect the commitment they made in order to participate in the standard-setting process to begin with. The world should expect nothing less, so this isn't anything special. Moving on.
But that doesn't mean they won't use other patents to do exactly that. Sounds nice, but means nothing if you think about it.
Well, of course. With these so called "RAND" licenses (which is really a misnomer), they're already required to offer the license to anyone anyway so just like the first bullet, this doesn't mean anything beyond following their previously-made commitment.
More of the same: They're continuing to follow the commitment they made to partiticpate in the standard-setting process to begin with.
In closing, the whole thing is an empty promise, and nothing in their announcement has changed anything. If Microsoft truly wanted to change things they'd be in favor of eliminating software patents entirely, but they haven't said that. So we should expect nothing less than for Microsoft to continue their patent attacks against the free software community.
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