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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16 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Hurray?

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3259; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I want to hear the news.... Samsung and Apple are reportedly looking for a work out to bury their patent troll drama

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6728; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is more like Microsoft wants to be nice to Samsung so it can buy more components from them a reasonable prices. That's the only reason why Microsoft wants to be nice here. With WP only at 2.5% of all the sales lately and declining at that.

2. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Samsung might actually turn out to be the saviour of windows phone platform if it can port it Note devices to the OS

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nobody can save MS because their whole corporate ideology is messed up. Years of bullying smaller rivals has left them stale and non-competitive. Now they're fighting an uphill battle versus bigger rivals (both of which were smaller than them previously) and are now desperately trying to fight for scraps with other failures in the same arenas.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh and facebook and Google have not? Seriously have the blinders on. Most small companies look forward to being bought out. Not to mention it wasnt a gun to their head. Also MS is one of the largest cross patent partner ship of any company, some 1500+ companies are in license agreement with them.

3. DouchebagWendy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Arte will be so pissed to see this article :)

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3259; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why? let him express

5. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

He recently got his vacation.

8. TouchWiZSucks

Posts: 53; Member since: May 12, 2014

His name has Limited beside Whats that supposed to mean??

11. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

That he's forced to shut up for a week.

6. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Now M$ is forcing Sammy to make some WPs. We might see Galaxy W in near future.

9. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

if samsung heading to windows i ll choose nokia anytime, if all go to windows

12. Timmons

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

This is the way it should be. Glad that these tech Giants are trying to work it out. This will trickle down to the consumer and that's a great thing.

15. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple should do the same and burry their hatchet

16. captivater

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 02, 2013

Nadella was the right choice for CEO. He manages to exude class and a real desire to get along with the rest of the tech world If Balmer was still there, the red telephones would be disconnected, and he'd be pressing buttons.

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