Microsoft and Research In Motion have signed a patent licensing agreement that gives RIM broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table for "certain BlackBerry devices."
For those who don't know, exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.
exFAT improves on its predecessor, the FAT system, and greatly expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology. It also increases the speed with which those files can be accessed. The exFAT file system not only facilitates large files for use of audiovisual media, it enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and a variety of electronic devices.
“Today’s smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft. “This agreement with RIM highlights how a modern file system, such as exFATcan help directly address the specific needs of customers in the mobile industry.”
Unfortunately, it really is as boring as it sounds. RIM isn't licensing BB10 software to Microsoft, nor is Microsoft acquiring any asset from RIM—nothing truly riveting going on here.