Samsung and Microsoft reportedly looking towards to burying the war hatchet

Samsung and Microsoft reportedly looking towards to burying the war hatchet
A few weeks ago, Microsoft filed in a lawsuit for Samsung in a New York court, as the largest smartphone vendor in the world allegedly hasn't been paying Redmond its patent-related fees. The two giants have been engaged in a cross-patent partnership for quite some time, but ever since Samsung's overall smartphone sales have increased more than 400%, the latter has reportedly been looking for a way to cancel the contract. According to a report from Korea Times, however, the two frenemies are now sitting on the table so as to iron out the differences between themselves and end the patent war outside a court of law.

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


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