Microsoft has announced it has entered into a new patent licensing agreement with Casio. And while most patent licensing deals seem rather dull to onlookers, what makes this one interesting is that Microsoft will specifically be licensing smartwatch technologies to the Japanese watchmaker.
While it's easy to run away with wild speculation on deals like this, the reality is that Casio is most likely taking advantage of Microsoft's many wearables patents to further differentiate its Android Wear lineup. While that might sting a little for anyone hoping for some sort of Microsoft Band-related news, patent licensing is a solid way for Microsoft to stay involved in wearables from a distance.
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