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Microsoft Apps Come Pre-Installed on Samsung Products

News by Luke Jones on Tuesday March 24, 2015.

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Microsoft makes a lot of money from Android, and the company is certainly going to be looking for ways to cross platforms more often in the future. Teaming up with the biggest Android name, Samsung, is certainly one way to go about it. When Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 earlier this month, one of the big surprises was the inclusion of several Microsoft apps and services pre-installed on the Android running flagship.

Out of the box the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge come with Microsoft apps OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype, with 100GB of free storage on OneDrive. Samsung has now said it will go further and put Microsoft apps on its tablets, including PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Word, Excel, and Skype. On top of that, Samsung's enterprise devices will offer three versions of Office 365 and the Korean company's own KNOX security software.

>blockquote>Great things happen when you converge services and devices. Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft?s productivity services to everyone, on every device - so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want." Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft.

Our goal is to meet the ever-evolving needs of both consumers and business customers and give them more power to discover new mobile experiences. We believe our suite of premium mobile products coupled with Microsoft's productivity services will offer users the mobility they need in both their personal and business life.' SangChul Lee, executive vice president of the Strategic Marketing Office, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics

This is an incredible deal for Microsoft and puts pressure on Google; that enforces its own services onto non-forked Android devices, which means all of Samsung's Android products. Samsung has been pointing away from Google for some time, focusing more on its own Tizen platform and generally not tying itself so closely to Mountain View. This is just another pointer and is a reminder of when Samsung dealt with Nokia over HERE Maps before the service landed on Android officially.

I have long said Samsung's ultimate goal is to leave Android, or at least only release limited products on the platform, and this latest move only fuels an opinion that I am certainly not alone in holding.

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