Mobile & Tablet

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:

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