Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and Dell sign patent agreement covering Android, Chrome OS

Posted Mar 27, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Dell has signed a patent-licensing agreement to cover Android and Chrome OS devices. The deal was signed on March 26th and it is a continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers.” 

“Through this arrangement, Microsoft and Dell have agreed to license each company?s applicable intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles. Under the terms of the agreement, they agreed on royalties for Dell?s products running the Android or Chrome platforms and on consideration to Dell for a license for Xbox gaming consoles,” said the companies in a statement.

Dell sells the Chromebook 11, which is powered by the Chrome OS and the PC giant also sells Android-based tablets.

Microsoft signed Android and Chrome OS parent agreements with over 20 companies in the last several years. It is possible that Microsoft is licensing unnamed intellectual property from Dell that is used in Xbox consoles. Microsoft has patents that the company uses to convince Android manufacturers to pay royalties.