Asus signs deal with Microsoft, agrees to preload Office apps on its Android phones and tablets

Asus signs deal with Microsoft, agrees to preload Office apps on its Android phones and tablets
In an intricate industry where tech giants are so big that they're actually stepping on each other's toes, Microsoft is making money from Android thanks to an array of patents that are required to make an Android device. 

In an attempt to popularize its rather newly-available Office apps for Android, Microsoft appears to be willing to forgo or reduce patent licensing costs in exchange of getting its productivity-minded app suite in the hands of as many smartphone users as possible.

Microsoft and ASUS have recently announced a new licensing deal involving ASUS-made Android devices. In exchange of getting access to Microsoft's patented technologies related to Android devices, ASUS will preload Microsoft's productivity services on its Android-based smartphones and tablets.

Note that ASUS is not the first Android device manufacturer to agree with preloading Microsoft's mobile Office suite on its smartphones and tablets. At the moment, some 30 manufacturers from across the world have agreed to a similar deal with Microsoft. Most notably, Samsung struck a deal with Microsoft earlier this year, and has since preloading the mobile Office apps on a range of high-end handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 edge, or the Galaxy Note5.

The announcement of this deal comes just a single day after Google and Microsoft publicly declared that they've decided to stop their ongoing patent war

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13 Comments

1. Tziggy14

Posts: 625; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Embrace, extend, extinguish

2. piyushkohli97

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Oh no!! now they are gonna add even more bloatware on their phones.

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

At Least With Apple The Only Apps Pre-Loaded Are Their Own.

4. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I still say the Microsoft Office symbol reminds me of Sui-Feng's Nigeki Kessatsu.

5. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Great. More bloatware for Android.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Microsoft office Mobile is bloatware now?

6. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Win win for both companies i guess ? I used some of the microsoft apps available on the play store and gotta say they are not bad indeed

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The problem is that its non-removable apps. China and South Korea have done the right thing to protect their consumer from such practice.

8. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

You could disable it though . But office is quite useful for most people

9. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Deal? Seems more like a threat to me. And also anti-competitive. The EU should look into this. Microsoft can't just force companies to add its bloatware to Android phones just because it has the patent axe over their head.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would disagree. Every Android devices especially those that use sdcards, use Microsoft technologies. Instead of suing Asus and winning anf forcing them to pay a fee for every phone sold, Microsft is saying, instead of paying a fee load our apps on your phone and you can use the technologies at no cost or a very reduced cost. That is actually better because no one wins when it comes to lawsuits. It cost Asus nothing to load MS apps on the phone. You need to look at the whole picture. Its not anti-competitive. It's, you need something that costs money, and in exchange for your usage install these apps in place of paying us money.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

brain error detected

10. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Also, shame on Asus for falling for it. Will never consider an Asus phone again. Let's make it clear to OEMS - you accept Microsoft's stupid demands, you're going to lose sales.

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