4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 30, 2012 2:39 PM by Loyd
      • Re: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft ink $300M deal on e-reading

        <snark>Maybe now we'll get a WP7 app.</snark>

         

        On a less snarky bent, this sounds like a win/win for a lot of people. It could put some real pressure on Amazon when B&N has this sort of backing from Microsoft. From Microsoft's side of things, this gives them a major in for competing against the iPad with Windows RT.

        • Re: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft ink $300M deal on e-reading

          I think this alliance with Microsoft is necessary and the future of the Nook with a MS OS is inevitable. Sure, the money B&N gets will be helpful but let's face it, Google makes Android and Google is in the book business. They're B&N's competitor. It doesn't seem to make sense to me for any company to rely on a competitor for an essential and critical part of their business. I just hope the file system gets improved when they implement the change to Microsoft.

          • Re: Barnes & Noble, Microsoft ink $300M deal on e-reading

            It looks to me as if the investment is more about selling content -- getting a Nook app with Nook bookstore onto Win8 devices, for example -- than it is about selling Nook devices or changing the direction of dedicated Nook device development. Nothing was mentioned about the latter in the announcement. But it did say that as part of the deal MSFT is dropping its lawsuit against B&N alleging patent infringement in using the Android OS. That clears the way for further unimpeded Android development.