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[3]: Comment by Nelson
by nej_simon on Fri 8th Nov 2013 07:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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I guess it depends on whether you want a healthy competitive market or a few extremely rich companies that own the market.

In the latter case it could probably be considered "genius".

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