Well, what do you know, there is peace in the patent world after all. Microsoft and Research In Motion today signed a patent licensing agreement that gives the BlackBerry maker access to Microsoft’s file system technology. What is this stuff RIM is licensing, you ask?
That technology is called Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT), and according to Microsoft it optimizes files for use on flash storage, which is essential to storage used for smartphones and tablets.
In a statement, David Kaefer, Microsoft general manager of intellectual property said “Today’s smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones.” He added “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.”
Of course, terms of the deal were kept on the hush-hush. RIM is joining a list which includes the likes of SanDisk, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Canon, and Tuxera. On one note, it’s good to see companies come together and hash out a licensing deal, instead of the usual “lets take it to court attitude.” But, on the flipside, it’s strange to see the two companies currently battling over third place in the smartphone market play nice.
With it now having access to Microsoft’s smartphone storage tech, Research In Motion has not said a word to what it plans on doing with exFAT on its devices. It’ll be interesting to see if this new tech is added to its BlackBerry 10 operating system, which is slated for an early 2013 release.