The Change of Titans: Facebook’s ‘Microsoft Patent Purchase

Posted on April 24, 2012

Five years ago, if you said that Facebook would pay Microsoft over half a billion dollars for patents, no one would have believed you.

It shows how the power in the tech world is moving from web 1.0 to web 2.0 companies. That Microsoft decided that the monetary value today of their patents was worth more than future potential revenues shows where they think their growth will be coming from in the future.

Facebook = consumer focused social web.

Microsoft = enterprise applications.