Standards Licensing

Standards are an important element in Microsoft's business. Microsoft believes that standards help ensure interoperability, data exchange, and portability across the widest range of products and services, and bring great benefits to customers. Microsoft participates in numerous standards organizations and frequently contributes directly to the development of standards. As part of this process, Microsoft often commits to license its patents on royalty-free and other reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) terms to implementers of the industry standards.

This page lists royalty-free (and other RAND term) licenses that Microsoft has made available in the standards context. If you would like to enter into any of these agreements, please download the agreement, print it, have a person at your company with the appropriate authority sign it, and return it to Microsoft Corporation as directed in the licensing agreement.

For information on other standards licenses available from Microsoft, please contact us.