At Mobile World Congress earlier month Samsung announced that their new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone would come with Microsoft apps pre-installed.
Now Microsoft has announced a new partnership with a range of OEM’s to brings its Office and Skpe apps to a range of Android device and also other platforms.
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.
Microsoft has been changing its strategy with mobile recently, previously the company has only pushed these apps on its own Windows Phone platform, but this year we have seen increased presence of Microsoft apps on iOS and Android.