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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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Valhalla on Thu 7th Nov 2013 17:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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A 'master stroke' would be creating product value with which they could actually compete against Google in the open market place, but they can't so they instead turn to whatever dirty tactic they can come up with (all in the grand old Microsoft tradition), which in this case means software patent aggression and smearing campaigns.

I find them a shitty company through and through, they are even so far gone that they are now backing Oracle's insane attempt to have API's be copyrightable.

How any developer can stand behind such a company is beyond me.

In a world where certainly no tech company is a saint, Microsoft truly belongs at the bottom of the barrel.

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