In late 2003, when Microsoft Corp. began offering other companies broader access to its patented technologies, the executives leading the effort said they would consider deals with anyone -- even competitors. Turns out they were serious.
Eighteen months later, Microsoft has put together licensing agreements not only with its industry allies, but also with some of its direct competitors. Microsoft rivals Palm One, Turbo Linux, Symbian and Nokia are among those who have licensed technology from the Redmond company to use in their own products.
News source: seattlepi.com