Another Droid bites the dust. Microsoft’s legal team is on a roll these days. Going by the events of the past few months, I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft’s legal team at its Intellectual Property Group becomes Microsoft’s top revenue engine in the future, overtaking even Windows and Office.
After the recent patent licensing deal with Samsung, Microsoft has entered yet another deal with Quanta Computer Inc. Microsoft will now receive royalties from Quanta for every Android or Chrome device that they ship.
Here’s Microsoft’s official statement:
We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Quanta, and proud of the continued success of our Android licensing program in resolving IP issues surrounding Android and Chrome devices in the marketplace,said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.
Microsoft now has patent licensing agreements with every major Android device manufacturer, including Samsung, HTC, Onkyo, Wistron, Acer, Viewsonic, and now Quanta. Android is certainly going to become one of Microsoft’s top cash cows soon, if it hasn’t already. If I were in charge at Microsoft, I probably wouldn’t even bother pushing Windows Phone now. It probably won’t make Microsoft as much money as Android, ever.
Google must be really pissed!