While on analyst once estimated that Microsoft is earning $5 per Android device sold by HTC, there have been no similar estimates as to how much Microsoft may be earning on its Linux licensing deals. It is outlaying cash as part of the SUSE deal. Microsoft has agreed to pay a total of $440 million, first to Novell and then with a recently renewed $100 million deal with Attachmate, to buy and resell SUSE subscriptions.
Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 700 licensing agreements.
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