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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