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The last time the PATENTS file was changed was 3 years ago. It has passed the smell test for Microsoft (and dozens of other large companies) with literal buildings full of attorneys who have more experience with licenses, patents and everything between then most.

This issue seems to be a bunch of nothing. What am I missing here?

Microsoft probably has a separate IP licensing agreement with Facebook. After all MSFT invested in Facebook in the early days, 10 years ago.


You aren't missing anything. What you've pointed out is also the reason I find this all so fishy- it has been the same for years, the risk has been the same for years. No one who was really worried about the patent risk would have accepted a "wait and see" approach. Because... that would be risky to do.

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