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Dell, Microsoft Agree to Android, Chrome Licensing Terms

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Mar 26, 2014, 3:43 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Microsoft and Dell have inked a patent-licensing agreement in which Dell has agreed to pay Microsoft royalties for sales of devices based on Google's Android and Chrome operating systems. Android uses some patents that are owned by Microsoft, and most major handset makers have already signed similar licensing agreements with Microsoft. Motorola is the last major hold out because it believes its thousands of mobile patents negate the need to license Microsoft's. Terms of the agreement between Dell and Microsoft were not disclosed.

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Mar 26, 2014, 6:34 PM

Leave it to Microsoft

Leave it to Microsoft to make money on a free OS
Yup. So it don't matter if Windows Phone isn't as much of a money maker. They still win. Ugh....I wonder if the Ubuntu phones will be the true Linux open source phones.
If Google is violating Microsoft patents, a ruling which has been upheld by the courts, then yes it is right for Microsoft to request licensing fees. Google doesn't get to weasel out of licensing fees just by making a product free.
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