Microsoft and RIM Sign Patent Licensing Deal
No, it’s not a huge Microsoft-Nokia type deal. Microsoft and RIMtoday signed a licensing agreement which allows RIM access Microsoft’s file system techn0logy known as Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT). The technology allows for smooth data transfer of large multimedia files to make it easier to transfer between PCs and mobile devices.
According to Microsoft:
“exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology.”
This simply means it won’t take to long to load and access files on devices. I’m assuming RIM will be using this technology to make devices with the Blackberry 10 OS as seamless as possible, so consumers don’t have to complain about their phones hanging so often.
“Today’s smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement with RIM highlights how a modern file system, such as exFAT can help directly address the specific needs of customers in the mobile industry.”
According to The Washington Post, RIM’s stock already went up “2.5 percent to $7.44 following the announcement at noon before settling to around $7.40 in mid-afternoon trading.”
Seems like a lot of people already believe this to be a major improvement. What do you think? Also, do you see more than just a licensing deal or is RIM fine on their own?