Although it wasn't clear from the agreement that the section was referring to hardware, not software, the same Microsoft Reader name has been used by the company's e-reading software for the last 12 years. The Microsoft Reader software is to be discontinued in August.
Revenue generated from sales through the Nook e-store will be shared -- as will sales through other Microsoft products or services -- but any purchased using a browser will not.
Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have a target launch date for the Nook Metro app in mind, but it was struck from the agreement.
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