Patents have a bit of a nasty reputation in today’s technology industry, due largely to what has been termed “patent trolls”. Microsoft, while far from falling into that category, isn’t above leveraging its portfolio for profit, as it does with Android handset makers. There’s nothing wrong with that, though it does anger some in the press -- it’s far from the trolling alluded to.
Now the software maker has reached an agreement with Dell to share each other’s technology in an effort build off the innovations and create better future products that will be mutually beneficial to the bottom line, as well as consumers.
“Through the arrangement, Microsoft and Dell have agreed to license each company’s applicable intellectual property related to Android/Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles”, Microsoft announces. That last part is perhaps the most intriguing piece of this -- Android, Chrome OS and Xbox.
Meanwhile, Dell’s Neil Hand state “today’s announcement builds on our history of collaborating to bring new technologies to market. The relationship between Dell and Microsoft continues to help Dell deliver choice and flexibility to customers looking for the best technology to meet their needs”.
For the moment, it’s hard to say where any of this will lead, and it’s likely to be a while before we know. However a deal between the two, that also pulls Android, Chrome and Xbox into the picture, even if peripherally for now, bares watching.