Microsoft Invests in Nook

Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have formed a strategic partnership. Microsoft will invest $300 million to create Newco, a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary that will manage Barnes & Noble’s e-book and education business.

Microsoft is currently developing a Nook app for Word, and will also support the bookseller’s Nook Study educational software.

Only recently, these two companies were embroiled in a legal conflict. Microsoft claimed that the Nook Color’s operating system for Android violated its patents and sued Barnes & Noble. This conflict has since been settled.  

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