BlackBerry maker RIM has signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that enables RIM to use Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) filesystem. There’s no word on the monetary benefit for Microsoft but did confirm RIM to use exFAT “for certain BlackBerry devices,” which presumably could be the upcoming BB10 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.