This is an interesting move.
Microsoft is trying to make some money off some of its spare technology, offering entrepreneurs and venture capitalists licenses to such inventions as tamper-proof identification card software and computer tricks that make chintzy speakers sound top-notch.
Usually known for closely guarding the rights to its technology, Microsoft (MSFT) touts its new program as a bid to help startups by giving them access to fruits of the company's research and development arm.
To begin with, the Redmond-based software company is opening up access to 20 technologies — mostly ones that haven't yet made it to the market.
I usually hear about entrepreneurs selling their patents/ideas to companies, not the other way around. If this isn't a trend… then it should become one.