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Microsoft and Dell Sign Patent Agreement for Android, Chrome OS and Xbox

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Microsoft and Dell on Wednesday announced a patent licensing agreement that will allow the companies to share technology and “build on each other’s innovations.” While the duo didn’t reveal too many details, three product lines were mentioned: Android, Chrome OS, and Xbox. Microsoft and Dell say they have agreed to license each other’s applicable intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices as well as Xbox gaming consoles. The terms state Dell will pay Microsoft royalties for Dell’s products running either Android or Chrome OS, and Microsoft will be “on consideration to Dell for a license for Xbox gaming consoles.” While it’s unlikely Dell will suddenly start building and selling its own Xbox consoles, it may mean the company can use technologies like the Kinect in its PCs. In that case, Microsoft would be licensing some intellectual property used in its Xbox consoles for Dell to use for its own purposes.

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