Xiaomi and Microsoft have reached an agreement which will see Xiaomi shipping Microsoft Office and Skype on their Android smartphones and tablets. In addition, the deal includes a patent transfer and cross-license agreement, of which specific details weren’t made available.
“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership,” said Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi. “As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.”
The Xiaomi Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 will come pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications starting in September 2016. The move will give millions of consumer and business customers in China, India, and other countries new ways to communicate, work, and collaborate said the press release.
“People want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and that’s exactly what this partnership offers,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft. “Together with Xiaomi, we’re bringing the very best in mobile productivity to millions more customers in China and around the world.”
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