RIM is licensing from Microsoft, not the other way 'round
September 19, 2012 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the news was enough to bump RIM stocks up somewhat this morning, the deal inked between Microsoft and RIM does not have Microsoft licensing hardware or software to RIM, instead it is the other way around. RIM is licensing the exFAT operating system for use in its phones at an undisclosed price per device. We know that Microsoft has charged $15/device from some other mobile companies; not that they paid it that way, instead it took a court case for Microsoft to get their full price. Where exactly RIM is going to find the resources to pay for this deal is a mystery, the already cash strapped company is currently suffering from their new OSes failure to launch on time. At least their new phones will be using a common format for their flash storage, assuming the company lasts until the BlackBerry 10 can be marketed. More over at The Register.
"Shares of Research in Motion spiked briefly on Tuesday on news that the struggling smartphone maker had signed a new licensing agreement with Microsoft, but investors who hoped the deal meant Redmond would bundle BlackBerry technology with its phones were in for a disappointment."
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