The hatchet seems well buried between Microsoft and the great American bookseller Barnes & Noble. While Redmond attacked B&N last year for patent infringement on its Nook e-reader (Android), we now learn that the two companies will jointly create a third, Newco, in which Microsoft is investing $ 300 million for 17.6% of the capital.
The first visible result of this new alliance will be the creation of a Windows 8 application for Nook and, in a longer term strategy, an association of two giants to fight against the leadership of Amazon with its Kindle and more recently its Kindle. Fire. The e-readers therefore did not seem to interest Microsoft… until today!