Mobile and Wireless: Windows Phone Gains From Apple vs. Samsung Verdict: 10 Important Ways

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-09-04 Print this article Print
Samsung Could Come Calling

Samsung Could Come Calling

According to a recent report from the Korea Times, Samsung is currently considering increasing its reliance upon Windows Phone after its difficult legal loss to Apple. If that happens, it's only good news for Microsoft. Granted, Samsung already offers Windows Phone devices, but if the company leaves Android in favor of Microsoft's operating system, it's a win-win for the software giant.
In a landmark ruling, Apple was awarded $1.05 billion from Samsung over alleged patent infringement on the Galaxy device maker's part. The jury also found that Apple did not infringe any patents Samsung brought before the court. It was a major victory for Apple. For its part, Samsung is expected to appeal the case and try to prove that it didn't do anything wrong. In addition, the company will attempt to keep selling devices that might face a ban on Dec. 6 when U.S. District Court judge Lucy Koh holds a hearing on the matter. Apple is requesting at least eight Samsung devices be banned from sale in the U.S. Given all that, it would appear that only Apple and Samsung would be affected, right? Think again. The fallout from this ruling extends far into the technology space. And Microsoft is one of the companies most affected by it. The software giant is trying desperately to catch up to Google and Android. With Google's chief vendor partner getting hit hard, this might be Microsoft's chance to finally win one. Take a look at this slide show to find out how Microsoft and its mobile operating system Windows Phone could benefit from Samsung's court defeat.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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