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Microsoft seals deal with Acer to pre-install apps on Android phones and tablets

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Microsoft seals deal with Acer to pre-install apps on Android phones and tablets

Microsoft today announced that Acer is joining the list of companies that have agreed to pre-install some of the Redmond giant's applications on Android devices. Thus, starting the second half of this year, select Acer-made smartphones and tablets will come with various Microsoft apps and services pre-installed - including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive.

Acer is not a big name in the smartphone space, though it's constantly releasing handsets under the Liquid brand (which also includes some Windows-based phones). The company is more successful when it comes to tablets, thanks to its Iconia series of slates - and perhaps the gaming-oriented Predator 8 (pictured above) will also make a splash. Anyway, we currently don't know anything about the upcoming Android-based Acer devices that will have Microsoft apps on board.

Previously, Samsung, LG, Sony, and others have agreed to pre-install Microsoft apps on select Android devices. Microsoft says that, right now, around the world, it has no less than 74 hardware partners that are pre-installing its apps on Android products. All in all, it looks like, slowly but surely, Microsoft is sealing similar deals with pretty much every major and not-so-major Android vendor. Soon enough, most new Android phones and tablets may come with Microsoft apps on board by default. This is a pretty big thing for Microsoft, as the company isn't doing well with Windows for phones - which, despite being the world's third smartphone OS, holds a modest market share (under 2%).

Usually, pre-installed apps are not fan favorites, but at least Microsoft's apps for Android can be useful (not to mention the fact that most of them are highly-rated in Google Play store, which means users appreciate them).

source: Microsoft

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posted on 10 Feb 2016, 19:36 2

1. Troysyx (Posts: 181; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)

Way to go Acer! Getting that extra money anywhere they can since they probably dont sell too many tablets.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 21:04 1

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 5017; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Acer...the next Nokia.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 21:40

5. sgodsell (Posts: 4897; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I don't know how you call this sealing a deal. Acer had to install Microsoft apps or pay royalties to Microsoft. So please remind all of us again how this is a deal when looming litigation was pending.

This is Microsoft forcing their apps on Android.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 19:39

12. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Or android being a brick without MS tech...it can swing both ways.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 21:41

6. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Actually they are saving money. By preinstalling the apps, they are paying less fess to MS for patents.

Because you see. Your android OS couldn't even save a file that could be read by a normal pc, normal being that billion user counter+, if it wasn't for MS file technology.

We wont go into the 300 other patents that MS holds, either through their own process or purchase, that is required for Android to work. Stuff as simple as messaging rely on patents held by MS. You're welcome.

And yes MS relies on hundreds of patents as well from others, like Motorola

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 19:49 6

2. joevsyou (Posts: 1044; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

YASSSS more pre install crap

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 21:22

4. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2236; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)

Are these system-level installs? If so, given the increasing difficulty in achieving root, it is no bueno. Having two to three sets of apps that can't be uninstalled is just bad for customers.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 00:45

9. villagerguyz (Posts: 96; Member since: 22 Jul 2015)


posted on 10 Feb 2016, 21:43

7. martinjhm271 (Posts: 38; Member since: 16 Aug 2015)

samsung galaxy s7 FTW

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 01:22

10. ananthu07 (unregistered)

lol samsung also has pre-installed microsoft apps. Atleast, that's what I read a few months ago. Not sure though.

posted on 10 Feb 2016, 22:30 4

8. warrenellis93 (Posts: 239; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)

Yay preinstalled apps!!! Just what we've all been asking for.... Not

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 01:47 1

11. gdawilson (Posts: 169; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)

So long as I can uninstall them I'll be happy! I'd rather just stick to Google Docs and such for basic needs

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