Samsung Pays Microsoft
By Fred Salva

Well, this sounds strange but without any doubt it looks like another interesting way to solve a possible Microsoft and Samsung conflict. So, according to the latest announcement Samsung will pay Microsoft royalties for smart-phones and tablets running Android. This cross-licensing deal reach between the two companies was announced Wednesday morning. Well, of course, nothing was mentioned about the approximate payment amounts but I am pretty sure Microsoft won?t be hurt. Also, here comes a part of the official press release. REDMOND, Wash ? Sept. 28, 2011 ? Microsoft announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., to cross-license the patent portfolios of both companies, providing broad coverage for each company?s products. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will receive royalties for Samsung?s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform. In addition, the companies agreed to cooperate in the development and marketing of Windows Phone. ?Microsoft and Samsung see the opportunity for dramatic growth in Windows Phone and we?re investing to make that a reality,? said Andy Lees, president, Windows Phone Division, Microsoft. ?Microsoft believes in a model where all our partners can grow and profit based on our platform.? ?Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry,? said Dr. Won-Pyo Hong, executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung?s mobile communication division. ?We are pleased to build upon our long history of working together to open a new chapter of collaboration beginning with our Windows Phone ?Mango? launch this fall.?

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