No Idea For A Startup? Buy One From Microsoft

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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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