News of Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet is burning up the tech blogs right now.
Here's why that might be a good thing for Microsoft.
As we've reported before Microsoft has patents on certain Android technology components. And being the wizards of patent-rights enforcement that they are, the company's attorneys have finagled a deal so that companies like HTC actually pay Microsoft $5 for every smart phone it sells.
As it happens Amazon's new Kindle Fire tablet runs on Android technology.
So will Jeff Bezos have to bike-messenger a check from South Lake Union to Redmond for every tablet it sells as well?
Smarter, techier bloggers than me are trying to answer that now. And the verdict so far is "maybe."
Why, just this morning Microsoft announced it had landed a licensing deal that will see Samsung pay Microsoft for its Android devices.
Each company's agreement is different, but one can expect the legal Dream Team at Microsoft to squeeze every penny out of Amazon that it can.