Microsoft signs licensing agreement with RIM for use of eFAT


Microsoft today announced the company has finalised an agreement with RIM that provides broad access to Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for BlackBerry devices. The modern file system from Microsoft enables a straightforward interchange between desktop PCs and electronic devices using the format.

exFAT is a vast improvement cover its predecessor, FAT. It expands both the size of files that flash memory devices can handle, as well as speed at which these files can be accessed. These are improvements RIM will likely be looking to take full advantage of in its upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS.

David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft, had the following to comment on the agreement:

"Today’s smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones. 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."

It's positive to see the two players in the mobile market to reach an agreement, which is a welcomed change from the lawsuits we've grown accustomed to. RIM was previously in the news to be looking at supporting Windows Phone, but later denied such plans where in place. The company is expected to unveil BlackBerry 10 early next year.

Source: Microsoft, via: CrackBerry


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Microsoft signs licensing agreement with RIM for use of eFAT


You are doing it wrong, Microsoft. How can you play nice with your opponents? Haven't you learned anything from the Apple and Samsung school of business? It's war! war! war!

One small step for Microsoft, one giant leap towards RIM using WP8 in its future devices!
The next 6 months will be huge for everyone in the market.  My hypothesis is that if WP8 takes off and BB10 falters (or the other way around) then hopefully RIM and MS will merge forces.
If BB10 falters, then RIM will hopefully realize they are on a "burning oil platform" and either do a Nokia and use WP8 or (here's what I'm hoping) MS will buy them out.
If BB10 takes off and WP8 falters, then MS will realize they need to do something big or else the mobile marketplace will be lost to them.  Buying RIM at $$$ would be that something big.
If WP8 AND BB10 both do somewhat well, but not great, then neither will be in a desperate position to do anything, and we'll be in the same situation next year that we are in right now.  
But for now, I'll be dreaming of BB10 faltering (too little too late RIM), then MS buying them (like Google did with Motorola).  MS will probably keep Blackberries (running WP8 of course) as a seperate entity, or maybe they'll just merge the best stuff about RIM into the entire WP8 ecosystem and share it to all the OEMs.  Mmmm...... imagine a Nokia running BBM.  MMmmm....imagine entry-level WP Nokias in the emerging markets using BB data compression.  A phone that offers the best of Nokia AND Blackberry will take over the emerging markets big time, and be a credible alternative to the iPhone and Android in the established markets.

It's a scenario I'd love to see come true, too. Microsofts expertise in creating fantastic user interfaces and software development combined with what used to be THE phone for all business users for a good decade. That would be a combination hard to beat and would certainly combine the best of both worlds. 

Microsoft has NO choice in buying an existing smartphone vendor.

It's only a matter of time before the smart phone replaces PC and Tablets.

PC, Laptops, and Tablet's are future smartphone shells. Anyone with any creative imagination can see this happening already.

Nokia & Ford getting together is another good example. Smartphones and cars are natural spots to integrate!

What does this have to do with RIM signing a licensing agreement with Microsoft?  Actually, lacking a translation of what you mean, what does this even have to do with reality?

You really should work on basic syntax in headlines.  RIM signed a license agreement with Microsoft for use of Microsoft technology.