How The Eolas Patent Ruling Could Work To Microsoft's Advantage
from the more-bad-patents dept
Back when the Eolas patent ruling first came out, I pointed out how ridiculous it was that every browser was going to need to change the way they operate (a) for doing something that was obvious with tons of prior art and (b) because of a small company that never actually did anything to innovate themselves. While many people initially “cheered” a Microsoft loss, that may have been shortsighted. The latest column from David Berlind even suggests this ruling could be good for Microsoft. They could be forced to remove all plug-ins from Internet Explorer – but they can build in their own technologies instead. So, suddenly Quicktime and RealPlayer won’t work anymore – but Microsoft’s Windows Media Player becomes part of the browser itself.