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Samsung and Microsoft reportedly looking towards to burying the war hatchet

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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.

"The key point is that Microsoft wants to settle the lawsuit and it's no surprise to see that the two technology giants have resumed ‘working-level' discussions on how to dismiss lawsuits filed by Microsoft to a New York court," an industry insider told Korea Times this Sunday.

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.

"Samsung earlier promised to team up with Microsoft to promote Windows platforms and Windows-embedded mobile devices. If the two settles the lawsuit, then Samsung may show more attention for the development of Windows-powered devices,'' Korea Times was also told.

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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posted on 18 Aug 2014, 02:43

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:33

10. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:53 1

13. sgodsell (Posts: 4855; Member since: 16 Mar 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.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 02:52 2

2. kalalemuhammad (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:57 3

7. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:29

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 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.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:01 7

3. DouchebagWendy (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

Arte will be so pissed to see this article :)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:09

4. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

why? let him express

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:17 4

5. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

He recently got his vacation.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:17 1

8. TouchWiZSucks (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 May 2014)

His name has Limited beside

Whats that supposed to mean??

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:44 2

11. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:19 2

6. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)

Now M$ is forcing Sammy to make some WPs.

We might see Galaxy W in near future.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:25

9. mayur007 (Posts: 577; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:48 1

12. Timmons (banned) (Posts: 24; Member since: 17 Aug 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.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:32

15. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Apple should do the same and burry their hatchet

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 11:22

16. captivater (Posts: 11; Member since: 02 Sep 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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