The deal marks their 11th agreement together with Android and Chrome OS device manufacturers, including HTC, Samsung and Acer. With the LG deal, Microsoft will cover more than 70 percent of all Android smartphones sold in the U.S under its patent portfolio, said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, Intellectual property group at Microsoft.
The deals terms with LG, were not disclosed.
Microsoft, founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, is a veteran software company, best known for its Microsoft Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office suite of productivity software. Starting in 1980 Microsoft formed a partnership with IBM allowing Microsoft to sell its software package with the computers IBM manufactured. Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide and largely dominates the American corporate market. Microsoft has made a presence on the Web with the MSN internet portal and Bing Search Engine.