Dell has agreed to pay royalty for using Microsoft’s Android and Chrome OS device technology.
Microsoft has signed a patent licensing deal with Dell, under which Microsoft will get royalty on Google’s Android or Chrome powered devices.
As part of the deal, Microsoft will pay royalty for using some of Dell’s technology rights in the Xbox gaming console.
The deal not only allows both the companies to share each others technologies, but also strengthens their 30-year business relationship, the companies added.
Microsoft Innovation and Intellectual Property Group corporate vice president and deputy general counsel Horacio Gutierrez said the agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property.
"We have been partnering with technology manufacturers and vendors for many years to craft licensing deals, instead of litigation strategies," Gutierrez added.
Dell End User Computing Products vice president Neil Hand said, "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."
Dell will use Microsoft’s Android and Chrome OS devices technology, while Microsoft plan to capitalise from a license provided for Xbox gaming consoles to Dell.
Microsoft is fighting a legal battle against Google to ensure that device makers using the free Android phone OS pay license fee to Microsoft, according to Reuters.
Some of the leading smartphone makers like Samsung, LG and HTC have already struck deal to pay royalty to Microsoft for using Android platform after claims that some its components infringe on Microsoft’s patents.