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Microsoft and Linspire Team Up

Microsoft Corp. and San Diego-based Linspire Inc., a Linux desktop operating system provider, announced an agreement on June 14 to share intellectual property, which will protect Linspire from patent disputes with the software giant.

Linspire will now have document interoperability with Microsoft Office documents, be able to use Microsoft instant messaging technology and support Windows Media files.

In exchange, Linspire will use Microsoft’s Web search software as the default search on Linspire 5.0.

Any financial consideration was undisclosed.

Since announcing that Linux operating systems infringed on more than 200 Microsoft patents, Microsoft has entered into similar agreements with other Linux distributions, such as Novell, Xandros and LG Electronics.

Linspire was named Lindows until Microsoft paid $20 million in 2004 to change its name, at which point it became Linspire.

, Andy Killion

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