Microsoft, Samsung settle legal disputes; raise hopes for new devices

After six months of back and forth, Microsoft and Samsung have finally settled their legal dispute and are once again ready to work together.

The trouble between the two companies started a while ago when Microsoft accused Samsung of not paying everything it owed on Android royalties. Samsung countered this claim by noting that Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s devices arm was never part of the original deal, which can no longer be respected thanks to antitrust laws.

However, last night the two companies published the same message on each of their corporate blogs, announcing that the legal dispute had been solved, albeit under undisclosed terms.

Samsung and Microsoft are pleased to announce that they have ended their contract dispute in U.S. court as well as the ICC arbitration. Terms of the agreement are confidential.

It’s interesting to point out that Samsung had previously mentioned it would be willing to create more Windows phones if these legal troubles were settled. The company has always been Microsoft’s partner for its mobile efforts, albeit a very unremarkable one.

With the way things are shaping up, we might just see Samsung ready to rejoin the ranks and push out devices running Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS once it launches later this year.

Original gavel image via Brian Turner / Flickr

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