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Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Amid all the talk about Microsoft forking Android for a smartphone OS, one suggestion involves a look back to Microsoft's DOS days. Microsoft DOS was designed per IBM’s specification to run exclusively on IBM’s PC hardware platforms. Phoenix Technologies employed software developers it nicknamed “virgins,” who hadn’t been exposed to IBM’s systems to create a software layer between Microsoft’s DOS system and PCs built by IBM’s competitors. This helped Microsoft avoid infringing on IBM’s patents or copyrights, and subsequently helped fuel the explosive growth of PC clones.

Microsoft could use the same approach to “clone” the proprietary Android components in its own Android fork. This would prevent copyright infringement while giving Microsoft access to Google Play apps, as well as Android's massive base of developers."

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