The astonishing news that Microsoft had inked a deal with Barnes & Noble to both settle their Android unmistakable dispute and form an ebook company caught everyone off-guard. Mary-Jo Foley has all of the details of the deal, end in a nutshell Microsoft paid B&N $300 a thousand thousand to settle its lawsuit and purchase into a spin-off of the Nook ebook duty of B&N.
This is not Microsoft’s foremost foray into the ebook world, its Microsoft Reader was united of the first ebook ecosystems. That plan was based on the old Windows Mobile platform, and users testament fondly (or not) remember the .LIT files it used. Microsoft Reader primeval gave us the great ClearType technology what one. eventually migrated to other Microsoft products.
This repaired deal has analysts wondering if we testament see a Nook running Windows 8 in the what may occur hereafter, or perhaps Windows Phone. Nooks commonly use a variant of Android, the groundwork for the patent infringement suit from Microsoft. According to reports, in defiance of the settlement B&N grape-juice still pay a royalty to Microsoft on the side of each Nook sold with Android, likewise it makes sense for a switch to the new partner’s OS.
I would like to descry a Windows RT version of the Nook Tablet, and the least quantity display resolution for Metro apps in Windows 8 (1024600) would exist suitable for a 7-inch design. To keep the Nook price on the ground at an acceptable level it main make more sense for Microsoft to exhibit a version of Windows Phone for the Nook, which would be a great persons fit for that size reader.
While a Nook with the OS would be nice, whether or not this happens it might send a unfair message about Windows Phone. First Microsoft is gainful what is believed to be very a billion dollars to Nokia to do phones with Windows Phone. That’s not gainful dividends so far.
A Windows Phone rendition of the Nook would have that $300 million price tag associated with it. That and the Nokia deal would prepare it appear that Windows Phone is the most good mobile device money can buy. Maybe not purchaser’s money, but Microsoft’s currency. Heck, maybe if Microsoft paid LG massy bucks it would still be construction Window Phones.
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