China is the strange place where Microsoft sells Xiaomi phones instead of Windows Phones

When you go to Microsoft's Chinese web store, you'd probably expect to see a lot of hànzì and the same stuff Microsoft sells in every other store across the globe. Hehe! Hold right there. At this point, MS is bitterly aware that it has a brighter future as an Android reseller than a Windows Phone maker. Which explains why it's selling the Galaxy S8 and S8+ in the USA, and the Xiaomi Mi 5s in China. There's not a single Windows Phone smartphone in the Chinese store.

Believing in the power of added value to convince people that it's not merely selling what it knows will sell, Microsoft pre-loaded the Xiaomi with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Skype. So it's not just a plain, ordinary Xiaomi 5s, but a Microsoft Edition Xiaomi 5s of sorts. Way to differentiate a product by putting Skype on it, fellas! Maybe I should start selling the Galaxy S8 with home screen wallpapers of me dressed in funny suits and call it Luis D's Galaxy S8 Maximum Goofball Edition. What do you think of this one?

To its credit, Microsoft does offer a 2-year MS Store warranty, which sounds more reassuring than what some shady online shop promised you in bold, pink Comic Sans writing. And besides, the Office apps rule for productivity! But an ultra-sleek Surface phone running a clean, shiny Android build sounds much more appealing than these so-called (or implied) Microsoft Edition phones. Make it happen, please!


Related phones

Mi 5s
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3200 mAh



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Slow day for all of us.....Not much to look out for lately

2. Subie

Posts: 2444; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

So they're bundling these phones with bloatware that can be removed by the end user. I guess they're hoping it will lure these consumers to become office 365 subscribers later. For myself, I liked having the free trial period on my phone but don't see the value of a $70 dollar annual fee here for just the personal subscription package.

3. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Ahh the infamous Clippy. Brings back memories!

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So if Microsoft are willing to comply with them, what is the reason for them not going worldwide? Surely they must be paying some patents fees by now?

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You got it all backwards. Companies pay Microsoft to use Android patents because MS owns quite a few of them. I'm sure Xiaomi made the same arrangement Samsung did a couple of years ago to let Microsoft put their apps on the Galaxy line in exchange for Samsung to pay reduced royalties.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

some large tech companies do the same in the US so why isn't it referred to as "the weird place"?

7. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

ehh? isnt Ms & Xiaomi have been working together since 2014? even mi4 got WP official build from Ms support team.

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