Powerful solutions that support innovation, mobility, and productivity, across devices and operating systems.

For decades, Microsoft has revolutionized the way businesses work, and it’s our mission to continue pursue to the next innovation that will empower people and businesses to achieve more. From pioneering operating systems, through to Windows 10 and Cortana, Microsoft has helped businesses work better and smarter, and get more value from their investments in technology.

In the licensing space, Microsoft innovations make work more productive and efficient across all types of devices and operating systems. Microsoft’s innovative technologies and best-in-class protocols promote interoperability, helping all kinds of devices work efficiently together.

A Heritage of Innovation in Business

Microsoft innovation redefined the office and how we work. Microsoft’s core technologies in operating systems, security, and connectivity are a springboard for the invisible revolution and cloud technology that’s transforming once again how we work, collaborate, and collect and analyze data.

Over the years, Microsoft has built one of the largest and most diverse patent portfolios in the world. Today’s business landscape is changing quickly, and Microsoft continues to invest heavily in the technologies of the future - from drones, to healthcare technology, to machine learning, artificial, and virtual intelligence. These advances will transform the way people do business.

Key Licensing Programs

Key licensing programs for original equipment manufacturers and developers include:

  • exFAT

    A file storage protocol that can handle extremely large file sizes, enabling seamless file exchange between devices that use removable storage, across devices and operating systems.

  • Exchange ActiveSync (EAS)

    A powerful communications protocol for syncing email, calendars, contacts, and tasks on tablets and mobile phones. Accurate and reliable, EAS is a key technology for mobile and tablet makers as well as app developers.

  • PlayReady

    PlayReady has a wide and deep ecosystem that reaches a broad array of devices and operating systems to protect premium content while driving the optimal user experience.

  • Server Message Block (SMB)

    A file sharing protocol that serves as a ‘common language’ for local area networks. SMB allows seamless file transfer across operating systems and networked devices, including printers, faxes, and scanners. At the current time, some of the file access services protocols set include:

  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

    The foundation of remote desktop client solutions that enable a Windows desktop to be run remotely, even on non-Windows devices.

  • ClearType

    Improves readability of text on LCD displays so that words on the screen appear almost as sharp and clear as words on a printed page.

  • Hardware Licensing

    A flexible patent licensing program is available for Microsoft’s hardware technology portfolio.

  • RT Audio/RT Video Codec Porting Kits

    Real-time Microsoft video and audio codecs designed for high-quality wideband and narrowband voice over IP (VoIP) applications, including applications such as games, audio conferencing, and wireless. The RTVideo codec provides high-quality, efficient, and robust real-time video communication over IP networks. The RTVideo codec is based on the SMPTE VC-1 codec and includes system-level enhancements for recovery of packet loss on IP networks.

    RTVideo and RTAudio codecs allow third-party implementation of the codecs to expand on interoperability with Microsoft Real-Time Communication platforms. The RTAudio encoder is capable of encoding single-channel (mono), 16-bit per sample audio signals. It can be configured to operate in narrowband (8-kilohertz [kHz] sampling rate) or wideband modes (16-kHz sampling rate). It also has a built-in adaptive jitter control and advanced packet loss concealment modules. High-quality video and audio can be delivered between the Microsoft Real-Time Communication platform and other standards-based video conferencing solutions.

    The following resources provide more information about RTVideo and RTAudio codecs:

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