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Microsoft Scores Android Royalties

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Microsoft hasn't been aggressive in launching a tablet, yet that doesn't mean the company is ignoring the mobile market. Stuart J. Johnston reports.

Microsoft may not have a tablet computer out until next year, but don't tell the company's patent lawyers. They're bringing in royalty checks as if Windows tablets were already on the market -- and, perhaps in a way, they are.

Less than two weeks since Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced a licensing deal with the Itronix division of General Dynamics for the use of patents it claims to hold that are used in Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android mobile operating system, the software behemoth is back with three more Android OEMs that have signed up to pay royalties on its patent claims.

On June 27, Microsoft trumpeted a royalty deal with Itronix over that company's use of Android in ruggedized mobile devices it makes for use by the military and industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed except that Itronix will pay royalties for use of Microsoft patents embodied in Android.

Read the rest about Microsoft's Android royalties at Enterprise Mobile Today.

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