Android Licensing Money Saving Microsoft's Mobile Bacon

By Gary Cutlack on at

Further analysis of Microsoft's latest financial figures show a surprise boost for its Windows Phone division, with phone sales apparently contributing an enormous $1.2bn (£790m) to the company. However, it's likely the lion's share of that comes from... Android patents.

The financial data sees Microsoft describe Windows Phone performance like this...

"Windows Phone revenue increased $1.2 billion, including an increase in patent licensing revenue and sales of Windows Phone licenses."

...suggesting that it's rather sneakily trying to add the money it makes from licensing patents to Android makers to the figures for Windows Phone, making it appear that Windows Phone is doing rather better business for the company than it actually is.

Analysis of the numbers suggests as much as $400m may come from Widows Phone sales, meaning a whopping great $800m may have come into Microsoft thanks to its deals to license existing tech patents to Android hardware makers. That's enough money to half fill the hole left in the accounts by the disastrous Surface tablets. [The Register]

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