cnet: Monday, Amazon and Microsoft announced that they will cross-license some intellectual property from both companies. Few details of the deal were made public; however, they did reveal that the agreement covers Amazon's Kindle and use of Linux-based servers. Amazon will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount of money as part of the agreement.
"We are pleased to have entered into this patent license agreement with Amazon.com," said Microsoft deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez. "Microsoft's patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the software industry, and this agreement demonstrates our mutual respect for intellectual property as well as our ability to reach pragmatic solutions to IP issues regardless of whether proprietary or open source software is involved."