Microsoft is selling around 1,500 patents to Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi, which the companies suggest is the beginning of a long-term partnership.
On May 31, the two companies announced the patent cross-licensing agreement. Xiaomi will also start shipping Skype and Microsoft Office in the company’s Android tablets and smartphones. Xiaomi has a strong presence in countries such as China and India. Xiaomi customers in these countries will soon enjoy select Microsoft software on their mobile devices.
“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership,” said Xiang Wang, senior VP 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.”