Microsoft could earn $8.8 billion from Android licenses by 2017
posted by Alan F. / May 01, 2013, 9:54 AM
Exchange ActiveSync capabilities (which lets you sync calendars, email and documents from desktop to mobile) are all functions of Android devices that are covered by Microsoft patents.
According to Gartner, if Microsoft receives $1 for 50% of each Android device sold, it would receive $430 million this year. On the other hand, if the tech giant receives $8 per device, the number jumps to $3.4 billion. By 2017, if the percentages remain the same, Microsoft could be bringing in $5.9 billion and that figure jumps to $8.8 billion if the software giant can get paid for 75% of Android phones sold by then. That isn't terribly far-fetched considering that Microsoft says that its licensees account for about 80% of devices powered by Android's open source OS.
With this kind of money coming in from Android flavored phone sales without lifting a finger, it makes you wonder why Microsoft is trying so hard to get the owners of such phones to switch to Windows Phone.
source: DigitalTrends via WMPoweruser
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looks like its a win win situation for MS, whether wp8 gains market or not. How come Apple seems untouched by MS? Is it because of some kind of cross licensing deal they had?
posted on May 01, 2013, 10:02 AM 7
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Yes, they have cross licensing deal. That's why the bounce-back feature has been available on WP since it was born without any lawsuit from Apple.
posted on May 01, 2013, 10:07 AM 10
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Thas why phone are so damn spensive
posted on May 01, 2013, 10:16 AM 2
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"it makes you wonder why Microsoft is trying so hard to get the owners of such phones to switch to Windows Phone." Why take $ 8 from Android that you can take $ 50 for WP ;)
posted on May 01, 2013, 10:18 AM 3
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WP will never overtake android, i think blackberry has a better chance of that, if it happens, which neither will. so the $50 off WP means nothing compared to the $8 of android. would you take $50 a day or $8 an hour for 24 hours?
posted on May 01, 2013, 11:29 AM 3
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Maybe we ll even see microsoft making android hardware in the near future!
posted on May 01, 2013, 10:56 AM 3
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Lol So Android will be one of Microsoft's greatest sources of income. Lucky bastards.. they will keep on doing nothing and money will still keep pouring in
posted on May 01, 2013, 11:22 AM 4
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Only until the patents expire, which shouldn't take much longer. The FAT patent is pretty old, and should be a FRAND patent at this point anyway, not one for which Microsoft can charge as much as they want for it. It was a failure of the anti-trust committee for not requiring them to make it FRAND before.
posted on May 01, 2013, 4:01 PM 0
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I don't understand why everyone is bashing microsoft for this and saying they are greedy or patent trolls. It seems to me that they came to an agreement with google/android over the use of certain functions in their OS. This isn't really greedy, it's more like smart.
posted on May 01, 2013, 2:50 PM 5
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Daysleft, The problem is when anyone goes after MS for patents violation, they run and get their pay for judges to overturn their loss ..(IE western US DJ).. http://news.yahoo.com/latest-patent-setback-google-seen-nothing-heartbreak-motorola-035936183.html
posted on May 01, 2013, 8:59 PM 0
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Waitwaitwait. Microsoft has a patent on loading web pages without displaying the pictures? This is insane. I've said it about ten thousand times, but the patent system in this country is broken. Fix it. This post patent pending.
posted on May 01, 2013, 7:30 PM 1
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