Microsoft’s heritage of innovation finds new applications in smartphones and tablets, helping millions of people around the world work, connect, and achieve more.

In 2015 the world had an estimated 1 billion tablet users,1 and smartphone owners are projected to number 2 billion in 2016.2 In emerging economies, smartphone use is growing exponentially, with the median smartphone ownership rate jumping 36% in just two years.3

As mobile and tablet usage grows, so does the demand for more capable devices. From managing health and finances, to finding jobs, friends, and entertainment,4 consumers require operating systems that run an ever-expanding range of powerful apps, connect them to their information—which is increasingly found in the cloud—and offer beautiful, intuitive user interfaces.

Microsoft and Mobile: A Deep Connection

For decades, Microsoft has recognized the need to scale technology solutions across a variety of emerging device types, ranging from the largest data centers all the way down to phones and tablets. As a result, Microsoft’s early innovations continue to be the foundation for the mobile devices of today—and the connected and smart devices of the future.

Microsoft’s vast and diverse patent portfolio reflects our decades of leadership in computing. With the extraordinary growth of mobile, many Microsoft technologies have found powerful new applications in the mobile revolution. From the technology behind graphical user interfaces, to touch screens, file systems, server resources, mail and calendar synchronization, connectivity, and mobile infrastructure, practically every aspect of the mobile and tablet experience has been shaped by Microsoft’s innovations.

Technologies that Power Mobile

For Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), a licensing partnership with Microsoft is an opportunity to harness some of the world’s most powerful mobile technology:

  • Operating systems

    Microsoft’s 40-year history building operating systems is unparalleled in the industry. For decades, we have been innovating on Windows solutions from scaling down to the first hand-held OS, to hyper-scaling from IoT devices, to cloud solutions.

  • File Storage

    Microsoft’s industry-leading exFAT file storage and transfer solution connects devices with portable media (through SD cards and other USB-enabled storage devices).

  • Connectivity

    Microsoft is a pioneer in WiFi and mobile connectivity. We continue to make bold bets on the technologies that are powering the future of connected devices, developing wireless, telegraphic, and telephonic communications networks.

  • Sensors

    Sensor innovations are the foundation of intelligent data collection and the future of augmented reality. Microsoft has a long history of developing the technologies that power breakthrough products, from the touch stylus to the revolutionary facial recognition tracking used in gaming, mobile, and aware computing.

  • Gesture Computing

    Microsoft is building on innovations in its motion-sensing Kinect systems to create engaging new technologies that are the future of augmented reality and virtual reality.

  • Graphical User Interface

    Microsoft designs and tests user interfaces relentlessly to make the user experience as frictionless and simple as possible.

  • Voice recognition

    From our heritage in Microsoft voice command to digital personal assistant Cortana, Microsoft has a long and continuing history in interactive technologies.

  • Multi-Touch

    We lead the industry in multi-touch technologies.

  • Security

    Microsoft has always been ahead of the curve in developing technologies to protect data and information. More than a decade ago, we created a model for the industry by developing a trustworthy computing initiative to make security a top priority, and we established a digital crimes unit to address this ever evolving landscape to keep data safe.

  • AI

    The next wave of computing means infusing intelligence into the digital experience. With our cloud-backed technologies, we are unique in having the technologies and scale to push forward in this area.

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