Microsoft has signed a patent-licensing agreement with Dell on making Android and Chrome OS devices. This agreement, unlike others that Microsoft has engaged in, is a cross-patent agreement.
It also states that the agreement is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between the two companies 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,” according to the companies.
Dell is selling the Chromebook 11, as well as several Android-based tablets.
Microsoft has signed Android and Chrome OS patent agreements with more than 20 companies over the past few years. Microsoft has not disclosed publicly on which patents it claims Android and Chrome OS infringes.