Software giant Microsoft has closed deals with several of the largest Android device makers to pre-install some of its software. Later this year, 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype apps on Android devices coming to market.
Notable partners include Samsung, Dell, major OEM device maker Pegatron as well as a bunch of regional OEMs.
Earlier today, we announced an expanded global partnership with Samsung to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. Building on that news, 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.
For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people’s experiences on Android devices. Original device manufacturers are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem. More specifically, they help to reach a greater number of other device manufacturers, resulting in even more choice for customers around the world. And for Microsoft, this is part of the company’s mobile-first, cloud-first vision. ?It is addressing consumer demand for top services by making them already available on a device, instead of requiring consumers to download them separately.