Microsoft pours $300 million in Barnes&Noble for its own e-book and educational ecosystem

Microsoft pours $300 million in Barnes&Noble for its own e-book and educational ecosystem
Microsoft is slowly closing the complete circle of devices and services to position itself for the next generation in computing, and its latest investment comes as another proof of that.

The software giant from Redmond together with Barnes&Noble announced a partnership, dubbed Newco, exclusively for the digital and college business of the largest book retailer in the US. Microsoft will contribute about $300 million to the joint venture, which gives it 17.6% stake, with the rest belonging to B&N.

One of the first fruits of this collaboration will be a NOOK app for Windows 8 devices, giving millions of users easy access to one of the largest collection of digital books and magazines. As for the education market, which has a huge potential, Microsoft and B&N will take advantage of the NOOK Study platform, which they'll aim squarely at Apple's iTunes U and iBooks 2.

With this partnership the two companies are putting behind their patent litigation, and the NOOK eReader and Tablet distributed by Newco will have the necessary licence royalties to operate under Microsoft's patents. As per Andy Lees, President at Microsoft:

source: Microsoft



6. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Maybe now they can push there Xbox game for wp7 dept. to get some really good title in. Till they do Im still leaning towards iPhone :(

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

PhoneArena forgot to mention that once there was an ongoing lawsuit between Microsoft and Barnes&Noble. Barnes&Noble refused to pay those Android patents Microsoft claim and decided to go to court. I'm surprised that this time Microsoft took a more creative approach. Instead of suing each other they went for partnership. Win-Win situation.

4. Pdubb

Posts: 250; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Double post

3. Pdubb

Posts: 250; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

MS is really dipping their toes in a lot of ponds. They are really gathering partners for this new battle.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Does this mean a WP powered Nook tablet? And if so, will MS let them customize the UI?

1. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I like this idea

7. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Great for me!!! I am a Barnes & Nobel supporter already, so an App to WP brings my good reads over to my Phone real easy!! They just guaranteed my fun money stays in their corner and not a Kindle!!!

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