Microsoft Provides RIM’s Blackberry with exFAT Capability

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Although competitors in the market, tech giant Microsoft signaled on Tuesday that it would allow some of its capabilities to integrate with Research In Motion’s Blackberry mobile devices.

Through a licensing agreement, RIM is able to use file system exFAT, a Microsoft-owned technology that deals with audiovisual media and allows what Microsoft says is a “seamless data portability and an easy interchange” among electronic systems including desktop computers.

Patenting has been a hotly debated issue among tech providers. Top companies have commonly sued one another due to infringement claims, mostly in the mobile market.

Discussing the matter in a press release, Microsoft GM of Intellectual Property Licensing David Kaefer noted that modern day devices “require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phone.”

“This agreement with RIM highlights how a modern file system, such as exFAT can help directly address the specific needs of customers in the mobile industry,” continued Kaefer.

RIM’s Blackberry smartphone line has notably faced challenges in the recent past with other devices becoming increasingly more prevalent. However, the latest move could provide RIM with a much needed boost in the patent category.