Pretty interesting post on Dan Gillmor’s blog about Microsoft payouts. From the post:
$1.95 billion to Sun Microsystems
$850 million to IBM
$750 million to AOL Time Warner
$536 million to Novell
$460 million to RealNetworks
$440 million to InterTrust Technologies
$150 million to Gateway
$23 million to Be
The total to date is more than $5 billion and counting.
Gillmor notes that MS throws off about $1 billion in cash per month, so the cost to MS for everything above is essentially nothing.