Goldman Sachs analysts have estimated Microsoft could earn as much as $444 million from Android patent licensing over the next 12 months starting July 1, 2011.
They arrive at the number by estimated that Microsoft will receive between $3 and $6 in fees from each Android device sold, following Samsung also agreeing to pay Microsoft for the privilege of using the so-called â€œfreeâ€ OS.
While the amount is a drop in the bucket, it does give Microsoft added influence with OEMs, and proves Steve Ballmerâ€™s assertion that Android is not free, and comes with licensing fees that have to be paid.
It does further open the door to Android OEMs using more Microsoft products directly, like Bing Search and Exchange Activesync, and distance Googleâ€™s association with their own OS.
Ultimately with an estimated $75 billion in revenue $444 million for Microsoft is simply a line item, but is is certainly a lot more than Google will be earning from the OS.
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