It somehow seems right that when thinking about who is paying who in Microsoft's deal with Nokia for the latter's exclusive use of Windows Phone, the answer is "they both are".
After all, are there two closer tech CEO buddies than the Two Steves, Ballmer and Elop?
In a Nokia financial statement, the company headed by former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop has revealed that it will pull in a full $1bn this year from Microsoft for its smartphone platform exclusivity, as per the original agreement between the firms.
However, Nokia for its part gives back a heap of cash in the other direction in royalties based on actual unit sales of Nokia Windows Phones.
And while this year Microsoft will still give more than it receives, Nokia's statement reckons by the end of the agreement between the two firms Nokia's payments to Microsoft will exceed what has come the other way by around €0.5bn in total.
By my reckoning that suggests the deal between Nokia and Microsoft has another two, more likely three, years to run (based on projected sales increases and what they might mean for the overall balance of payments between Microsoft and Nokia.
The obvious question, of course, is what comes next? In the end, Only time will tell.
Via PC Pro