Oh Microsoft, you so crazy. Tivanka Ellawala, a Microsoft financial officer, recently spoke to MarketWatch regarding the “truth” about Android. Ellawala went on to say that, although the platform itself is free to manufacturers, it is full of spooky patent infringements that could bring about lawsuits and zombie attacks to manufacturers who choose to deploy it.
One recent lawsuit brought on by Apple against HTC does bring these points into question, and despite the outcome, it can be argued that using Android has cost HTC some coin in legal fees (although this dwarfs the revenue brought in by selling Android powered devices).
However, with Android blowing past Windows Mobile in the smartphone market share and showing no signs of slowing down, Microsoft better hope that Windows Phone 7 is up to the challenge, or they will just have to continue sitting on the sidelines and come up with more ways to complain about Android.