In a rather surprising change in strategy mobile handset manufacturer Samsung has decided to make a deal with Microsoft to cross-license their numerous patents rather than suing each other relentlessly for any and every copyright infringement they come across.
This new deal should hopefully allow for massive innovation within the two companies, beginning with an agreement to work together on the development of a new Windows phone.
As part of the deal Samsung has agreed to pay royalties to Microsoft on anyor handset that runs the Android OS, which could possibly see Samsung moving away from Android and in time, over to Windows 7 mobile.
In a recent statement Dr Won-Pyo Hong, the executive vice president of global product strategy at Samsung’s mobile communication division said “Through the cross-licensing of our respective patent portfolios, Samsung and Microsoft can continue to bring the latest innovations to the mobile industry.”
With this latest deal Microsoft will now be receiving royalties from both HTC and Samsung for their Android OS devices, which looks like a great deal for Microsoft overall. Samsung, however, is also in a great position now as it means that it doesn’t need to worry about its biggest rival, Apple quite as much.