Microsoft and Samsung are currently involved in a bit of a legal tussle in court over a possible breach of contract relating to Redmond’s Android patents.
You can read up on how things are going on that front here.
However, that is not stopping both companies from continuing to talk about future projects and collaborations. Case being, today’s meeting between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong.
The two leaders not only discussed the ongoing legal action, but also future strategy — a future strategy where Nadella asked the South Korean giant to switch from Android to Windows on its hardware.
Details here, but there are chances that Samsung might actually launch some more Windows Phone handsets in the near future, as a result of these talks. Jae-yong admitted that developing such products for specific markets is very much a possibility.
This is what a company official had to say on this:
“The two agreed to peace talks over ongoing patent disputes, and to expand their business partnership. The key point is that Microsoft still hopes to continue its longtime partnership with Samsung over the coming decades.”
Peace talks, ha!
Still, having a company like Samsung on board, and fully committed, is necessary to future growth of Microsoft’s mobile operating platform. Up until now, the South Korean technology titan has left a lot to be desired when it comes to Windows Phone and launching new handsets.
Hard to see Samsung outright dropping Android and going exclusively Windows Phone, at least not in the upcoming future, but more Windows powered devices would still be quite welcome.
Fingers crossed that the winds of change are not too far away.