"Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer seems unimpressed with the progress Google (NSDQ:GOOG)'s Android operating system has been making in the mobile space. In fact, he's of the mind that Android comes with plenty of associated costs due to its reliance on Microsoft patents.
In a video interview with Fortune last week, Ballmer suggested that the fast growth of Google's Android mobile operating system should be weighed against its patent licensing implications.
"There's nothing free about Android … as we certainly have asserted in a number of cases, there's an intellectual property royalty due on that," Ballmer said. "Whether they happen to charge or not for their software is their business decision."
It wouldn't be much of a stretch to say that Microsoft is getting frustrated with the industry lovefest that's building around Android. " (Fonte: ChannelWeb)