Wow, Do Microsoft Finally Get It?

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, VP for Windows Phone, dropped by our CES HQ this week to discuss Microsoft’s mobile future. He was classically reluctant to reveal the specifics of that future, though he did say that the words Tango and Apollo “sound nice.” He did share his thoughts on how Windows Phone differs from iOS and Android, positioning it as the happy balance between the two leaders in mobile software. You get the greater variety of Android with the reassurance of tighter quality control that Apple offers. Quality, in fact, was the overriding theme of what Joe had to say. According to him, having a better user experience is what will differentiate Windows Phone from the competition, not extreme specs or barrel-scraping prices.

Via The Verge

Microsoft To Sue Comet Over Illegally Copied Recovery Disks

Comet Under Microsoft Scrutiny

Tech giant Microsoft announced today that they are suing Comet over the illegal production and sale of over 90,000 ‘fake’ Windows CDs. UK based electronics company Comet have allegedly burned counterfeit copies of Windows XP & Vista recovery disks and distributed them to customers upon the sale of a new PC, thereby avoiding licensing costs to themselves. Comet have responded to these allegations with the following statement:

“We note that proceedings have been issued by Microsoft Corporation against Comet relating to the creation of recovery discs by Comet on behalf of its customers. Comet has sought and received legal advice from leading counsel to support its view that the production of recovery discs did not infringe Microsoft’s intellectual property. Comet firmly believes that it acted in the very best interests of its customers. It believes its customers had been adversely affected by the decision to stop supplying recovery discs with each new Microsoft Operating System based computer. Accordingly Comet is satisfied that it has a good defence to the claim and will defend its position vigorously.”

In Comet’s defence, they seem to be under the impression that they are only acting with the customers best interest in mind and are bundling the disk in free alongside the new PC, in which case Comet are correct in saying they are not selling the disks, however Microsoft can still argue that they are responsible for distributing the illegally copied disks. If Comet have previously sought legal advice on the matter then they obviously believe themselves to be completely within the law, however I’d wager Microsoft feel the same way and believe they too have only the customers best interests in mind. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more on this case as it develops through the coming weeks, I will be sure to keep you posted.