In a move that might abruptness a few people, Microsoft announced yesterday that it’s abutting Open Innovation Network (OIN) – an open source patent bunch – and making its entire portfolio of patents open source. Microsoft will add nearly 60,000 patents to OIN, vastly accretion its absolute pool of 1,300 global patents.

In the past few years, the Redmond-based aggregation made nearly $3.4 billion in royalties from its Android-related patents. This resulted in common clashes with the Android association and others but Microsoft is intent on abrogation that behind. The company’s accumulated VP Erich Anderson said in a blog:

We know Microsoft’s accommodation to join OIN may be viewed as hasty to some; it is no secret that there has been abrasion in the past amid Microsoft and the open source association over the issue of patents. For others who have followed our evolution, we hope this advertisement will be viewed as the next analytic step for a aggregation that is alert to barter and developers and is firmly committed to Linux and other open source programs.

OIN’s chief mission is to assure Linux from patent lawsuits by having associates like Google, RedHat, IBM, and now, Microsoft. The group’s CEO Keith said that apart from older Linux Kernel and Android patents, Microsoft’s patent library also includes accessible technologies like LF Energy (an open source action for power sector) and HyperLedger (an open source blockchain initiative).

However, the aggregation is not making patents such as Windows’ desktop and desktop appliance code open source. Microsoft’s VP of cloud Scott Guthrie said that the aggregation wants to protect open source projects from IP lawsuits.

Last year, Microsoft appear Azure Advantage IP affairs to assure its cloud users adjoin lawsuits. And a few days ago, it joined an anti-patent troll group LOT, which has more than 300 associates onboard.

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