In case you didn’t know ZTE is the fourth largest producer in the world. That’s a boatload of Android phones and tablets that are about to be adding coins to Microsoft’s piggy bank. As it stands approximately 80 percent of Android devices sold in the US are licensed reports Microsoft. The notable exception is Google-owned Motorola who continues to battle Microsoft in court with mixed results.
Yes Windows Phone still has a small market share but when your Android derived revenues can be shifted to fund your Windows Phone division the long play for Microsoft continues to be firmly in place.