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Xbox Smartglass lands on Android

Today may be mostly about the launch of Windows 8 for Microsoft, but there's also some big news for Android users to be found hiding within all the hullabaloo. Microsoft has launched Xbox Smartglass for Android phones, meaning that today you can use your Android handset as something of a second controller for your console. Before you can experience all of the features of Xbox Smartglass though, you'll need to connect your device to your console, which is done over your home Wi-Fi connection.

Microsoft’s Xbox Music service launching Tuesday and coming soon to Android

Microsoft has announced that its new music service is launching on Tuesday for a slew of devices. Sadly, Android is not among the initial device offerings, but Microsoft has confirmed that the Spotify competitor is coming to Android (and iOS) shortly after the initial launch. This means that Android owners can take advantage of the cool stuff Microsoft's Xbox music service offers very soon.

Microsoft Office for Android reportedly coming in March [Update]

Microsoft is hard at work with their Windows 8 system at the moment, but that also includes Microsoft Office for all their devices. We've been hearing leaks and rumors regarding Microsoft's popular Office suite of apps also coming to Android for months now, but today their product manager confirmed we won't see it until early next year.

Motorola thwarts Microsoft in latest Android ban attempt

Microsoft had a claim in German courts that Google-owned Motorola infringed on its patents, but German counts ruled its claim invalid. Microsoft claimed that the way Motorola's devices used radio and apps infringed on its IP. Specifically, Microsoft was claiming that the way Motorola's Android devices accessed contacts and other elements was a direct infringement on their patent. The lower regional court of Mannheim ruled in favor of Motorola and decided not to go forward with banning its devices or forcing Motorola to pay Microsoft licensing fees. Many other Android OEMs have been forced to go into licensing agreements with Microsoft, but Motorola is not giving in so easily. Motorola and Google, who have yet to comment on the ruling, are one of the few who continue to fight Microsoft. Microsoft intends to make this an uphill battle for Motorola. According to David Howard, associate general counsel at Microsoft, "This decision does not impact multiple injunctions Microsoft has already been awarded and has enforced against Motorola products in Germany." Microsoft has already won some legal battles against Android, and if this quote is accurate, this ruling has no effect on those previous rulings. “It remains that Motorola is broadly infringing Microsoft’s intellectual property,” Howard says, “and we hope it will join the vast majority of Android device makers by licensing Microsoft’s patents.” It appears as though Microsoft is not going to let this defeat stop their attempts to collect licensing fees Motorola, and we can only assume they will keep coming for more. [via SlashGear]

Automate your life with on{X} – a new app by Microsoft

Yup, that's actually the real name for Microsoft's latest Android application. It's called on{X} and is basically what Motorola calls smart actions, or what Android enthusiasts know as Tasker. This app will help you set rules or actions that are then activated based on location, date, or time. Why Microsoft has released an Android only app is still puzzling me, but lets take a look.

Microsoft pays $300m for a stake in Barnes & Noble’s ebooks

Business makes some strange bedfellows, and somewhere in the patent suit that Microsoft lobbed at Barnes & Noble a corporate romance bloomed. Now the Redmond software giant has invested a whopping $300 million into the bookseller's newly formed digital and college division, which will almost certainly take over the growing Nook e-reader business. Microsoft will own 17.6% of the unnamed subsidiary, with Barnes & Noble owning the other 82.4% (virtual value: $1.4 billion).
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