Saturday, May 28, 2011

Microsoft full-court press

While its own mobile software struggles to compete with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android, Microsoft may have found a far more effective strategy -- lawsuits.

The mobile laggard has gotten aggressive with Android device makers by bringing lawsuits accusing them of violating Microsoft's patent.

A new report suggests that the tech giant makes more off the licensing fees it receives from Android patent settlements than it does from its own Windows Phone 7 software.

Citi analyst Walter Pritchard wrote in a report yesterday that one manufacturer, HTC, pays Microsoft a $5 licensing fees for each Android phone it sells after the two settlement their patent dispute in

With about 30 million HTC Android phones sold, that amounts to roughly $150 million for Microsoft. The company has only made about $30 million from its own mobile software, assuming it got an estimated $15 license fee for the 2 million Windows Phone 7 handset sold so far.



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