After announcing a few weeks ago that Microsoft apps would come preinstalled on the new Samsung S6 and S6 Edge, Microsoft has expanded their partnership with more device manufacturers. The 11 hardware vendors – including Dell, will ship future Android devices with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype pre-installed.
Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Microsoft, posted that they have been working hard to re-engineer many of their products and make them more available across different platforms.
In the past year, Microsoft has made a series of moves to win over the hearts and minds of customers. We’ve re-engineered many of our flagship products to be more modern, we’ve acquired companies that are rethinking traditional categories of productivity, and we’ve made some of our most popular services more readily available than ever. Our aspirations are simple: continue to grow and build a vibrant community of billions of people who love and rely on Microsoft experiences across all aspects of their daily lives.
Johnson went on to list the new partner vendors:
I’m pleased to share that we’ve also expanded strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and regional OEMs including TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey, as well as top original device manufacturer Pegatron. These 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year.
Many Android users already complain about the amount of “bloatware” – pre-installed applications on their devices – that comes with their devices, and now they can look forward to six more apps on their devices before they even get to use them. While this is a good move for Microsoft, it’s hard to say how users will react to having extra apps pre-installed on their devices.
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