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's thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo's premium devices. The marriage of Microsoft's apps and Lenovo's Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more."-Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft.
"Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft's most popular apps. Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe."-Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo
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.