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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Keep in mind that a CPU just basically performs on binary data with just AND and OR in its toolbox. AND and OR are really basic logical operations, yet combined smartly could carry out really complex tasks.

But at the very bottom, there is only AND and OR, and both of them cannot be patented.

Live with it.


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