12 hours ago, 00010101 wrote
Microsoft did in fact let my project have a lot of free stuff, in fact it was free stuff they valued at well into 6 figures. Then earlier this year they offered this:
60k in Azure credits, which I kindly, or not so kindly declined depending on your definition of the word kind.
Then why are you always whining like a little girl?
And NO, I and my team am not special by any means.
And by you and your team, you actually mean just you. But that's not important. You clearly, and delusionally, believe that you are doing something so important that Microsoft should prostrate itself before you and . . . give you loads of free stuff.
Not how it works.
I am looking for the free that says, "hey, we'll give you this for free with no strings attached, and because of our good will, we hope you do business with us in the future. We're not going to ask you to port over platforms or change your business plan for this one thing"
Ah, I see your problem. You don't understand how Google makes its money. Yes, Microsoft wants something in return, and so does Google. Google wants access to your customers personal information and their habits (both online and offline), which they can sell to third parties or use for targeted advertising. That's why all their free stuff requires they sign up with Google to make it work.
It's not that Google doesn't have strings; it's that you've just chosen to ignore them.
This patent is interesting though, and weirdly enough, if they can figure out a way to make it work then Microsoft will come up smelling like a privacy hero: releasing a technology that will protect normal people from all those creepy glass wearers hanging around under mall staircases. That's probably how they'll advertise it, anyway.
And though you'd like to believe it, Gates filing a patent doesn't actually mean he thinks the product will be a success. Filing a patent costs next to nothing, and guarantees (more or less) that if Glass does take off, then Microsoft is ready to monetise protecting normal people from it.
Heck, Google won't even allow Glass to be worn at their board meetings; what does that tell you.