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Microsoft Sells Smartphone Patents to China's Xiaomi

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Xiaomi has signed a deal to put Microsoft software into its handsets.

As part of the agreement, Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on Xiaomi Android smartphones and tablets.

Beginning in September 2016, Xiaomi Android devices will come pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications. Specific offerings may vary by device, market and mobile operator.

The companies' new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement.

Although the companies did not elaborate, its understood that the patent deal covers some 1,500 smartphone specific patents.

The move is widely expected to be part of a broader plan by the Chinese firm to start selling in more countries. It is thought to have avoided some markets due to concerns about patent litigation.

"We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership," said Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi. "As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans."


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