Lenovo, Microsoft agree on cross-licensing pact; deal includes use of Microsoft apps

Lenovo, Microsoft agree on cross-licensing pact; deal includes use of Microsoft apps
Lenovo and Microsoft have shaken hands on a deal that will result in Microsoft productivity apps like Skype, Office and OneDrive coming pre-loaded on some Android devices produced by Lenovo. The deal also includes cross-licensing of patents between Microsoft and Lenovo. The agreement includes patents belonging to Lenovo's Motorola. Earlier this year, Xiaomi and Microsoft agreed on a similar cross-licensing pact that allows Xiaomi to pre-install Office and Skype on certain Xiaomi handsets.

Lenovo didn't mention which models will come with the Microsoft apps, but did say in a statement that it plans on selling millions of these particular devices world-wide over the next several years. The financial aspects of the agreement were not included.


Microsoft happens to have a large portfolio of patents related to Android. In fact, the software giant makes more money licensing these patents than it makes selling Windows Phone handsets.

source: WindowsCentral

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17 Comments

1. nitefire

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Oh joy more bloatware Hirray for unlocked carrier free models that can be rooted and debloated

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am a huge MS software user.... and a strict carrier unlocked, pure Android user for that exact reason. Despise bloat. It is my phone, I paid serious cash for it, I will decide what is on it, thank-you. So even if I defend the business model, I sure dislike it. Just the vast majority of user could care less, so it makes sense to take advantage of that market for MS.

2. johnnyboy

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 16, 2016

Android = bloatware ANDROID = FAIL

4. YOURDADkid unregistered

Data shows Android accounting for record high 86.2% of smartphones sold during Q2 Android = Winner iOS = FAIL Microsoft = FAIL

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

"The iOS App Store now earns 75 percent more revenue than the Google Play Store. This is an increase over the 70 percent difference recorded during 2014." All this while google gains more market share. And 2016 will probably be even higher. The reason is, google has a lot of cheap users, users who don't want to spend money, users who want cheap phones. IOS has all premium users, users willing to invest in their phone and their ecosystem. So if you think Apple is failing that's a stretch. Microsoft may be failing in their own mobile platform, but they are making money off pc/android/ios by being a software company who is on every platform. Of course, they ignore their own platform because they want more money.

8. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

You as a human being = Fail

11. YOURDADkid unregistered

You are good at cracking a jokes, are you good at your work? If yes, you would'be pocking your nose on this website you X-IT-Engineer!!!! Lol IT-Engineer = LOST Hope you get good job you Jobless!!! Shame on you.

3. Unordinary unregistered

What apps

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

cross platform king!!

6. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1271; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I am currently using Lenovo Vibe P1 with 5000mAh battery from the day it was launched in India (for 10 months). I was eagerly waiting for Vibe P2 (again with 5000mAh battery). But now I feel like no need to wait for that phone..

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just disable the app if you don't like it. I find their Android Office app to be well made with proper tablet layout. Too bad you need a Office 365 subscription to unlock their advance features.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So you're to cheap to pay $70 to use the full 365? You get a single desktop install and 2 mobile devices. If you say that's bad then your cheap and a loon.

14. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Nah... it just doesn't meet his/her needs. MS offers a real nice array of free Office software. It ain't bad to be cheap- free is always better then not free if it works for ya. I bought the full Office because I like the added tools and benefits. I sure could get by on the free options if I was on a budget.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

"Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe." We've been able to install ms apps ourselves on our phones for awhile now (if we cared to use them), so I don't see how this will make us consumers more productive...oh wait...I get it - this isn't about Lenovo needing ms. This is about ms needing Lenovo and the reduction/elimination of ms's Android Licensing Fee'. Not sure who the real winner is here because I don't think this will help Lenovo sell more handsets or get more people to use ms's services. I wish WP was more successful so ms could just focus on their own platform. Are any of Google's or ms's apps preinstalled on iOS devices?

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Actually, it almost does assure MS of more software users. People who look for MS apps on the Android marketplace already use them. Having software come preloaded puts them front and center increases that "first look" of new users as soon as they turn on a shiny new Lenovo, Samsung, LG, HTC, or any other of the devices that MS has made this agreement. A ton of these users will be new to the MS ecosystem. Mind share = market share, and getting these new users to try them first may get a portion of them to use MS for life. The new CEO of MS had better pray they will, at least.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I know what you're saying, but this has more to do with what's going on behind the curtain than simply an increase in exposure to their apps. If this were only about getting more people to notice ms and their apps, I think advertising would have been a better route for them to go with as it would garner attention across all platforms...instead of just one OEM running Android. This probably also means we'll be seeing a Lenovo Windows phone very soon.

17. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Damn...after Motorola holding out for so long they get sold to Lenovo for it to finally happen... Oh well.

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