Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Nov 2013 10:04 UTC, submitted by mbpark

Microsoft is generating $2 billion per year in revenue from Android patent royalties, says Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund in a new note on the company.

He estimates that the Android revenue has a 95% margin, so it's pretty much all profit.

This money, says Sherlund, helps Microsoft hide the fact that its mobile and Xbox groups are burning serious cash.

Microsoft has not written a single line of Android code, yet rakes in the profits through scummy software patents. Crime does pay.

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by dragos.pop on Thu 7th Nov 2013 12:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Re:"
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They should have offered real protection for OEMs, just like Red Hat did. Take the whole responsibility.

1) Different times
2) Red Hat offered it for customers who payed, not for the free fedora
3) It was important for Red Hat to do this, because they had all kinds of clients, while mobile OEMs are usually huge companies, and also the money asked are not so much, compared to SCO case.

4) I'll give you this: I love google compared to other tech giants, but Red Hat is a true open source company... mentality, business, involvement... Over all the greatest open source company

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