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  1. FAHMI BASSEM's Avatar
    10-05-2014 08:25 AM
  2. psoham777's Avatar
    If that was the case, MS would've never bought Nokia, they would've gone for Samsung instead.
    Nokia has a WP share of more than 95%, Samsung has it around 2%. So how is your statement justified? From wherever you are getting this information, its totally false.

    Firstly Microsoft never discloses its sales figures or profit figures like other companies.
    10-05-2014 08:33 AM
  3. colinkiama's Avatar
    Good guy Microsoft :) lol
    10-05-2014 08:35 AM
  4. Ebaneeezor's Avatar
    If that was the case, MS would've never bought Nokia, they would've gone for Samsung instead.
    Nokia has a WP share of more than 95%, Samsung has it around 2%. So how is your statement justified? From wherever you are getting this information, its totally false.

    Firstly Microsoft never discloses its sales figures or profit figures like other companies.
    It's the patent portfolio and now Nokia patents. Microsoft makes about 3.10$ for every Droid sold.

    Here is just one example.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/183766/why-...d-device-sold/
    10-05-2014 08:51 AM
  5. Bobvfr's Avatar
    This isn't really a surprise, MS just let Samsung, Android and other just use their already developed software via licensing agreements, no need to spend, just take the profits.

    Whereas MS are spending a lot on development on WP, Windows and other stuff, it costs a lot to get into newer markets.

    If they get it right the profits come later, if they get it wrong then the future is bleak.

    I for one think they are getting it very right, but it will take a couple more years before we see the full results.


    Bob
    jmshub likes this.
    10-06-2014 04:02 AM
  6. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    As far as I know, the figure quoted for the Samsung royalties corresponds to revenue.

    In other words, it does not include legal and R&D expenditures.
    10-06-2014 04:11 AM
  7. tgp's Avatar
    Microsoft makes about 3.10$ for every Droid sold.
    I believe it's only the Androids that use an SD card.
    10-06-2014 06:18 AM
  8. winrayjay99's Avatar
    This what I don't get. Why doesn't Microsoft go after Google directly, or Google defend it's OEM partners by suing Microsoft. I know if this were to happen it would change the Smartphone landscape. I mean Google is still dealing with Oracle over JavaScript.
    10-06-2014 06:59 PM
  9. a5cent's Avatar
    As far as I know, the figure quoted for the Samsung royalties corresponds to revenue.

    In other words, it does not include legal and R&D expenditures.
    Money from IP licensing is basically pure profit. In 2013 MS had to do absolutely nothing to cash Samsung's check. Same thing this year. It's profits, not revenue.

    This what I don't get. Why doesn't Microsoft go after Google directly, or Google defend it's OEM partners by suing Microsoft.
    They tried. That was the whole point of buying Motorola, who's patents didn't prove to be as effective as Google expected/hoped. Google can't defend their OEM partners because MS' claims appear to hold up in court and Google doesn't own any patents that they could effectively counter-sue with.

    I don't know why MS doesn't go after Google directly, but I suspect it's easier and more worthwhile to go after those companies actually earning money with Android, which Google doesn't.
    10-06-2014 10:06 PM
  10. jmshub's Avatar
    If I recall correctly, the software itself doesn't infringe on Microsoft's patents. It is the actual implementation of the software on phones that causes the infringement, and that is why the handset manufacturers are on the hook, not Google themselves.
    10-07-2014 08:39 AM
  11. berty6294's Avatar
    So basically what is being said is that if WP succeeds, Microsoft wins. If WP fails, Microsoft still wins. lol

    It makes a lot of sense. The majority of Microsoft and everything they do and make and sell are behind the scenes, as in not always seen by the general public. Xbox, Surface, Windows Phone, Skype are all such a small part of the company, they can toy with a lot of different ideas and not be afraid of jeopardizing the entire company. If every one of those parts I just mentioned failed, Microsoft would be just as strong if not stronger than before.
    snowmutt likes this.
    10-07-2014 09:13 AM
  12. radmanvr's Avatar
    Good business is good business.
    snowmutt likes this.
    10-07-2014 09:21 AM
  13. a5cent's Avatar
    If I recall correctly, the software itself doesn't infringe on Microsoft's patents. It is the actual implementation of the software on phones that causes the infringement, and that is why the handset manufacturers are on the hook, not Google themselves.
    Not sure I understand what you are saying. Any link?

    So basically what is being said is that if WP succeeds, Microsoft wins. If WP fails, Microsoft still wins. lol
    lol, but seriously, only if you define "not losing" to be the same as winning, which I don't think it is.

    I think any company that builds products that are in widespread use also requires a presence in the consumer space, if only to fend against other companies attempting to chip away at their revenue streams from the bottom up. That is exactly what Google is doing (web apps, chrome, etc) and without a consumer presence Google would be even more successful than they already are. MS ran the exact same strategy two decades ago against IBM, very successfully I might add.

    A MS without the consumer side would still be a very large company, but a very different company and much more vulnerable to their competition than they are now, in all areas. I think that is closer to losing than winning.
    Bobvfr likes this.
    10-07-2014 09:44 AM
  14. dkediger's Avatar
    Google has very effectively shielded itself from direct action in that they don't really generate very much revenue *directly* from Android.

    They get certification - not licensing - fees from OEMs that want to use Google Services (and only for Google Services, not for Android itself) and then of course the real money that is derived on the back end in the data generated when everyone uses those services.

    The OEMs are the ones left with their necks out when a feature covered by a patent is then physically implemented on a handset.
    a5cent and snowmutt like this.
    10-07-2014 09:47 AM
  15. KhawarNadeem's Avatar
    They can't go after Google. Google's model is pretty effective at avoiding lawsuits. They're just making open source software, and if that somehow happens to infringe on MS' intellectual property, it's the headache of the OEMs that actually use said software. At least that's the way I understood it from an article I read ages ago.

    But this whole thing is great for MS, isn't it? They can use this money for R&D purposes, so it's almost as if WP/Xbox development is funding itself, even if not directly making profits. That's pretty much been the MS strategy. Pushing into a market even if they go into loss for years, using the money they make from other divisions to fund their research, but eventually they 'get it right' in some way and start getting higher marketshare. Like how the PS2 absolutely destroyed the original Xbox in sales, but the PS3 and X360 sold in equal numbers, and now the XBOne isn't doing badly either. MS is still doing what they do best. ;)
    10-07-2014 11:16 AM
  16. salmanahmad's Avatar
    It can't kill Android, it could maybe kill Samsung though.
    10-10-2014 04:21 PM
  17. tgp's Avatar
    I didn't know that, MS can kill android?
    Do you remember this famous quote?

    "I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apples $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. Im going to destroy Android, because its a stolen product. Im willing to go thermonuclear war on this." - Steve Jobs

    Sent from whatever device I happen to be using today using Tapatalk
    10-10-2014 06:58 PM
  18. a5cent's Avatar
    It can't kill Android, it could maybe kill Samsung though.

    How that? I doubt it could kill either.
    10-10-2014 07:03 PM
  19. salmanahmad's Avatar
    How that? I doubt it could kill either.
    Like I said, *MAYBE*.

    I read another article on this issue a day or two ago and it said that two hundred patents "families"(not sure what families stands for) we're required to make a Samsung smartphone.

    My initial impression of the article was that Samsung is not new to the world of copying features, maybe they are using elements of Windows/Windows Phone in their TouchWiz UI/UX.

    Today I realised that I was wrong. It turns out that 200 patent families we're required to make an Android smartphone, not just Samsung in general.

    In theory they could maybe kill Android...but why don't they? Possibly because they could be using an almost equal amount of patents from Android. Or they just want to earn money. :P

    This is my theory, I could be wrong. Sorry for not fully explaining myself in the previous post.
    10-11-2014 02:39 AM
  20. a5cent's Avatar
    Today I realised that I was wrong. It turns out that 200 patent families we're required to make an Android smartphone, not just Samsung in general.

    In theory they could maybe kill Android...but why don't they? Possibly because they could be using an almost equal amount of patents from Android. Or they just want to earn money. :P

    This is my theory, I could be wrong. Sorry for not fully explaining myself in the previous post.

    No need to apologize. I can always ask about what I don't understand.

    Something you may be interested in:

    Not all of those patent families belong to MS. Most actually don't.

    Furthermore, most of them are FRAND patents, meaning anyone can use the technology for a very low cost (a few cents per device).

    AFAIK MS doesn't have any more mobile IP up their sleeves, so they have, at least as far as Samsung is concerned, gone as far with this as they can go.

    I think Samsung's biggest problem would be, if MS isn't asking every OEM for the same fees. That would put Samsung at a disadvantage, particularly against competitors making lowest end low margin devices.
    salmanahmad and Analyss14 like this.
    10-11-2014 05:41 AM
  21. aikidaves's Avatar
    If Microsoft pursued vendettas against OEMs, how many OEMs would continue to sell products using Microsoft software? Microsoft wants to make money, not take over the world, because they know from past experience that the anti-trust regulators will NEVER let them take over the world. Years ago, MS kept Apple out of bankruptcy, not out of the kindness of Bill Gates's heart, but because they needed at least one viable competitor (the Mac) in the PC market to have any hope of not being broken up.

    Microsoft doesn't want to kill Android - sure, they'd like a bigger piece of the mobile pie, but they also want to make money. They also want their customers, both enterprises and consumers, to feel that Microsoft can support them in whatever they do. In their own way, they've developed a similar business attitude to the one that has brought record profits to IBM in the years since IBM pulled out of PCs. In the long run, customer trust that they continually provide competitive products and services is what brings profits, and that's what they're working toward.
    KhawarNadeem, tgp and Analyss14 like this.
    10-11-2014 09:37 AM
  22. KhawarNadeem's Avatar
    If Microsoft pursued vendettas against OEMs, how many OEMs would continue to sell products using Microsoft software? Microsoft wants to make money, not take over the world, because they know from past experience that the anti-trust regulators will NEVER let them take over the world. Years ago, MS kept Apple out of bankruptcy, not out of the kindness of Bill Gates's heart, but because they needed at least one viable competitor (the Mac) in the PC market to have any hope of not being broken up.
    But we know that deep down they would love to take over the world if these pesky authorities weren't getting in the way. :D

    Jokes aside, your post made a lot of sense. Thank you for that. :)
    10-11-2014 09:41 AM
  23. Great deal's Avatar
    If that was the case, MS would've never bought Nokia, they would've gone for Samsung instead.
    Nokia has a WP share of more than 95%, Samsung has it around 2%. So how is your statement justified? From wherever you are getting this information, its totally false.

    Firstly Microsoft never discloses its sales figures or profit figures like other companies.
    MS cannot afford to buy Samsung, even if they could there's no way Samsung would ever agree. MS, Google, Samsung, Apple, Cisco, Intel etc all the large tech companies own different IP hence the battles to buy companies not due to the profit they make, more to do with IP and the value that they can add. They all license off of each other, that's just the way the world is. The problem comes from China where they do not respect IP and blatantly copy and infringe left right and centre. It really is no surprise to me if they make more from Samsung and its not an issue if they do.

    MS did the right thing in buying Nokia, they had an inside man (Elop) at the helm and the division was nose diving, MS got an AMAZING deal.

    Heres an article of Mobile IP back in 2012 before MS purchased Nokia.. https://gigaom.com/2012/04/17/meet-t...ung-and-nokia/
    10-13-2014 06:50 AM
  24. snowmutt's Avatar
    I have heard tell from various discussions on this (the Windows Weekly podcast had Paul Thurrott had mentioned this on their most recent release, if memory serves) that MS has claimed over 200 patents are used in Android, but that none of these have ever been tested in court.

    So what it boils down to is all this cash flows into MS from Android OEM's on MS say-so.

    THAT is a company that knows what it is doing....
    10-15-2014 01:26 AM
  25. Paul215821's Avatar
    As far as I know, (most of) the patents Microsoft owns are so called "essential patents", patents that every mobile phone needs to operate. By law, you can't withhold those patents from other companies. You have to license them for a reasonable price (how much is reasonable is up to debate, of course). So while Microsoft can cash in on their patents, they can't withhold them from Android manufacturers.
    10-15-2014 02:04 PM
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