No Idea For A Startup? Buy One From Microsoft

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.

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