Here is a quote of Brad Smith after the announce of the EU ECJ decision yesterday:
In addition, there's obviously a lot of work that has gone into our efforts to comply with the Commission's terms with respect to communications protocols and our duty to license them, a duty that obviously was reaffirmed by the court's decision today. We've made a lot of progress in that regard, and yet we all have to acknowledge that there are some issues that do remain open.
Don't worry, Microsoft will find a way to license their patented protocols in order to exclude Open Source competitors, such as Samba. Here what a Samba developer said yesterday in an FSFE press release "A triumph for freedom of choice and competition" (a triumph for competition has still to be seen):
Volker Lendecke of the Samba Team: "Now that the court has decided, we will be watching closely what the exact licensing terms for the interoperability information are. It will be very important to make sure that the information is usable in Free Software, otherwise the great success the Commission has achieved here is severely harmed. Samba is one of the most important players in the workgroup server market, the market in which the Commission wanted to restore competition."
And another quote of Brad Smith on the Microsoft's plans reported in Bloomberg:
"We will take new steps to broaden our interoperability partnerships with others in our industry,'' he said. "We look forward to taking those steps not in the months and years but in the weeks to come.''
I am reading it like this:
"We will take new steps to broaden our patent partnerships with others in our industry,'' he said.
If it is like the Novell deal on patents, it will be used to split the Linux community between those who pay the patent license and those who don't.