Google licenses Microsoft technology for phone service

Google unveiled Google Sync Monday, a service for iPhone and Windows Mobile users that lets them sync their Gmail contacts and Google calendar events with their phones. At work behind the scenes: Microsoft technology.

Microsoft said in a statement that Google Sync is “made possible by a patent license (Google) obtained from Microsoft covering Google’s implementation of the Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync protocol on Google servers.”

(Other companies licensing the technology include Apple, Nokia, Palm, Samsung and Sony Ericcson).

Anyways, Google isn’t mentioning Microsoft in its announcement, but Microsoft is basking in its role.

On the Microsoft PressPass site, Horacio Gutierrez, deputy general counsel and VP, says it’s a “clear acknowledgment of the innovation taking place at Microsoft.”

“This agreement is also a great example of Microsoft’ s openness to generally license our patents under fair and reasonable terms so long as licensees respect Microsoft intellectual property,” he says.

Also worth noting: Microsoft announced its own phone-syncing service Friday called My Phone. It only works with Windows Mobile phones, though.

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