Microsoft is Playing Both Sides of the Fence

Say what you will about the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, Microsoft put a lot of effort into creating an interface that fit the small screen better than the mouse-heavy, finger-unfriendly Windows interface. But just in case things didn’t work out, Microsoft is also the holder of several patents used in the Android OS. As such, they’ve been cutting licensing deals with the various Android device manufacturers that yield anywhere from $5 to $15 per device sold. Given that about half a million Android devices get activated daily, Microsoft may not care too much whether their Windows 7 OS takes off. Android will generate over a billion dollars for them.

The only way to describe this is … SWEET!


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