Its lost the browser initiative to google. I can't imagine it will still be around in its current form in a decade.
No matter how little bandwidth customers use, some of them will always be in the top 5%!
But the reason that say android is successful is probably not because of any specific patented technology it uses, rather it has a good enough user interface and google made it freely available for a while. The specific innovation behind android that led to its success is its open nature. None of microsoft's patents contribute to this.
TBH if microsoft have continuously failed to gain traction in the mobile phone market, I don't really see why its reasonable for them to tax the companies who've made a product people want to use.
SB16 was great but in the end, Creative exaggerated the benefits of their cards - to the extent of deception sometimes. And the drivers for some of the later models were somewhat dodgy so in the end its better that they're irrelevant now - they drove themselves into the ground.
This just sounds like an expert system which they've had since the 70s or 80s, combined with a bit of planning/scheduling which is something they've had since then as well!
You can't just mess with people's stuff like this, or potentially destroy a business. Fucking unbelievable that microsoft got a judge to permit this.