Microsoft and Xiaomi ink patent and apps deal that includes Office and Skype

Microsoft and Xiaomi ink patent and apps deal that includes Office and Skype
Microsoft and Xiaomi have agreed to a cross-licensing pact on patents owned by both companies. Microsoft, as we've detailed a number of times, has a large number of valuable Android patents. In addition, Xiaomi will pre-install Skype and Microsoft Office on certain smartphones and tablets. The apps will start showing up on Xiaomi devices starting in September.

The devices that will be pre-installed with the Microsoft apps include the Xiaomi Mi 5, Xiaomi Mi Max, Xiaomi Mi 4s, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Xiaomi Redmi 3. The exact apps that will be pre-installed might vary by device, and include Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype.


While Microsoft and Xiaomi may seem like strange bedfellows, the truth is that they have worked together before. Late last year, Microsoft released a ROM that allows the Xiaomi Mi 4 to be powered by Windows 10 Mobile. And there is a version of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 that runs Windows 10.


source: @hbarra, Microsoft

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6 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

W10 version of their phones plz!! Make it happen!

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Luckily MIUI allow us to uninstalled all these pre-install apps.

3. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

naaahhhh...i cannot uninstall hangout and all other crappy google app. I used only gmail among google apps...one can only disable

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7249; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's an Android device, so if you don't like Google and its apps, and you only use Gmail. Then why not buy a Windows Phone/10 device instead. So then you have to say something stupid instead.

6. rishav20193

Posts: 241; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

but i think, google should make it a OS feature to permanently remove the apps we want & download them from play store if we want them later !!

4. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

this is a win-win. I wished it was already there when i bought redmi note 3 last month. Without needing to install manually. Outlook, onedrive and office...all are there in my phone now

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