RIM Signs exFAT Licensing Agreement, Microsoft; EU Moves Forward with Browser Choice Antitrust Probe

Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) on Tuesday September 18 have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM."Today's smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones," said David Kaefer, general […]

Microsoft and Research In Motion (RIM) on Tuesday September 18 have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices of RIM.

"Today's smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones," said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft.

"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," added Kaefer.

"exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices."

In other news, European Antitrust regulators are said to be moving ahead in investigating Microsoft's failure to provide a browser choice screen on PCs in the EU.

According to a Bloomberg report citing "two people familiar with the matter" European Union antitrust regulators are moving ahead with their investigation of Microsoft's failure to fulfill its obligation to provide users with Web-browser choice.

Back in July this year, European Commission acknowledged that it had received several complaints that Microsoft wasn't offering users with broswer choice. At that point, the EU opened an probe into Microsoft's behavior. Following, which Microsoft quickly issued a BCS fix to 28 million Windows 7 SP1 PCs via Windows Update, stating;

"Due to a technical error, we missed delivering the BCS software to PCs that came with the service pack 1 update to Windows 7[…]We understand that the Commission may decide to impose other sanctions," the company admitted in the same release.

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