This temporary ceasefire would be beneficial for both Samsung and Microsoft, as they collaborate between one another on quite a few levels. Samsung uses a number of Microsoft-owned patents that regard the Android OS (for a fee, of course), while Redmond uses some Samsung-owned wireless patents on its own, too. Apart from patents, the two major corporations benefit from one another in the field of cloud computing and the recently-trendy Internet of Things. What's more, Samsung is one of Microsoft's largest partners that make use of the Windows Phone – well, not as often as it uses Android, that is.
Unsurprisingly, both giants refused to talk about their complex and sensitive relations. However, if we consider how vital and essential the two companies are to each other, we can wager that they would succeed in finding common ground. Let's not forget that both of them are experiencing certain difficulties on the smartphone market - Samsung is faced against declining earnings and market share, while Microsoft's troubles have forced it to lay off some of its workforce.
source: Korea Times via SammyHub