How Microsoft makes money from Android

And more secret Microsoft patent profits revealed

The recent revelation that Microsoft makes a packet from Android might come as a surprise.

But Android isn't the only competitor Microsoft makes money from – and more often than not, the competition is happy with the deal.

Neither Apple nor Microsoft likes Android, and they both feel it infringes a number of their patents, but they're taking very different approaches to Android handset manufacturers.



Mary (Twitter, Google+, website) started her career at Future Publishing, saw the AOL meltdown first hand the first time around when she ran the AOL UK computing channel, and she's been a freelance tech writer for over a decade. She's used every version of Windows and Office released, and every smartphone too, but she's still looking for the perfect tablet. Yes, she really does have USB earrings.