Microsoft and Sharp have entered into an IP licensing agreement that will allow the Japanese company to use Microsoft’s exFAT file technology in Android smartphones.
If you’re not sure what exFAT is all about, here’s a snippet from the press release explaining what’s it all about:
exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT file system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle – by more than five times over the previous technology. It also greatly increases the speed with which those files can be accessed.
And for the record, Microsoft has entered into similar exFAT patent licensing agreements with other companies, including Panasonic, SANYO, Sony and Canon.