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 bentoo on Thu 7th Nov 2013 18:01 UTC in reply to "Re:"
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making an Android rom free of MS patents is possible (just do what Moto did)

When did this happen?

Motorola got around ITC import bans by assembling local. That is, you can't ban imports of non-offending components -- the final assembled product (with Android installed) is what is infringing.

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