Microsoft already has licensing agreements with a lot of companies that use its IP or intellectual property in devices that run on rival platforms. The latest to sign an agreement is Motorola Solutions, the enterprise arm of consumer focused Motorola Mobility. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This agreement gives Motorola Solutions worldwide coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for its devices that run on Android and Chrome operating systems. Dell recently inked a similar agreement.
Its not that Microsoft has nothing to gain from licensing its intellectual property. It has been reported in the past that companies that license IP from Microsoft pay it a few dollars on every device sold. Redmond may very well have a similar arrangement with the folks at Motorola Solutions.
Before Google bought and split it up, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions used to be one company. Google bought the former for $12.5 billion back in January 2011, which primarily makes consumer focused smartphones and tablets. Motorola Solutions is more into enterprise tablets, wireless infrastructure equipment etc.
Interestingly Motorola Solutions recently sold a major chunk of its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies Corporations for $3.5 billion. It will retain its iDEN lineup though. On the other hand, even Google has sold Motorola Mobility for $3 billion to Lenovo.