Microsoft open-sources its patent portfolio [zdnet.com]
By joining the Open Invention Network [openinventionnetwork.com], Microsoft is offering its entire patent portfolio -- with the legacy exception of its Windows and desktop application code -- to all of the open-source patent consortium's members.
Before Microsoft joined, OIN had more than 2,650 community members and owns more than 1,300 global patents and applications. OIN is the largest patent non-aggression community in history and represents a core set of open-source intellectual-property values. Its members include Google, IBM, Red Hat, and SUSE. The OIN patent license and member cross-licenses are available royalty-free to anyone who joins the OIN community.
This is maybe the biggest Microsoft news since Microsoft "acquired" [linuxfoundation.org] The Linux Foundation nearly two years ago in Nov 2016.