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

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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bentoo
Member since:
2012-09-21

I'm doubtful because


You just don't like Microsoft?

1)if the patents were strong, why not disclose them?


Patents are public. Details of the license agreements, lawsuits, and settlements are not always.

2)they have never been tested in court


Sure they have.

http://www.geekwire.com/2012/microsoft-invests-300m-barnes-nobles-n...

3)MS didn't contribute to Android


Sure they did.

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2012/04/lin...

4) how likely is it that a company that 's been struggling for years with it's own mobile OS, would hold patents for a different (but highly successful) OS?


Very likely when we're talking about software patents.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19



Microsoft's contributions to Linux don't exactly count as contributing to Android... most of that work involves support for virtual machines and related server-oriented stuff... nothing of interest to Android or other mobile devices...

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PieterGen Member since:
2012-01-13

I said "Microsoft's alleged Android patents have never been tested in court". You said "Sure they have" and included a link to an article about Barnes & Noble versus Microsoft SETTLING the dispute. Hey, I knew that all along, that's why I said that the claims have never been tested in court. Microsoft seems to avoids that (and why would that be? heh heh heh....)

Then you say that MS didn contribute to Android, and you link to an article about MS contributions to Linux, which are all about enabling Linux to run on Microsoft's hypervisor...... in other words, not a contribution to Android.

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