Microsoft's Q2 revenue from Android estimated at three times its Windows Phone revenue

By on August 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM.

Microsoft's Q2 revenue from Android estimated at three times its Windows Phone revenue

Thanks to royalty payments from awards related to patent complaints against HTC, Microsoft is estimated to have made three times more revenue from sales of HTC’s Android phones than it did from sales of Windows Phone licenses last quarter. Asymco analyst Horace Dediu estimated this past May that Microsoft had made five times more money from HTC’s Android phones than its own Windows Phone platform through the first quarter of this year. In the second quarter, Dediu says Microsoft made approximately $21 million from 1.4 million Windows Phone licenses at $15 a piece, while the company’s $5-per-device royalty from sales of 12 million HTC Android phones brought in $60 million in the quarter. Dediu’s numbers are based on Canalys’ Windows Phone shipment estimates and the 12.1 million handsets HTC says it shipped in the second quarter, though we’re not sure how the analyst determined that 12 million of those devices were Android phones. HTC also sells phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system and phones based on Qualcomm’s Brew MP platform. More →

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Global market for pirated software reaches $59 billion

By on May 12, 2011 at 8:30 PM.

Global market for pirated software reaches $59 billion

A new study conducted by the Business Software Alliance — a software license enforcement and lobbying group formed by Microsoft — found that the global market for pirated software reached a commercial value of $59 billion in 2010. The massive figure represents a 14% increase over 2009. According to a survey of 15,000 PC users conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, most people do recognize intellectual property rights and prefer legal software to pirated software. According to the report, however, many users of pirated programs do not realize they are using unlicensed copies. “The software industry is being robbed blind,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman in a statement. “Nearly $59 billion worth of products were stolen last year — and the rates of theft are completely out of control in the world’s fastest-growing markets. The irony is people everywhere value intellectual property rights, but in many cases they don’t understand they are getting their software illegally.” Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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