Samsung Galaxy S6 to come with a slew of productivity-centric Microsoft apps on board


We already seem to know a lot of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6; we also seem to have a vision of what the device will look like. What we don't know yet is what apps will come pre-installed on the device, though we suppose that just as usual, consumers will be treated to some exclusive content.

A recent report claims to shed some light on the matter, hinting us that a number of Microsoft-developed apps will be among the apps that the Galaxy S6 will feature. In particular, these are tipped to be Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft OneDrive, and Skype. What's more, the flagship will likely arrive with a year-long subscription for Office 365.

This improvement of the relations between Samsung and Microsoft is probably due to the recently-settled patent dispute between the two "frienemies", which are both rivals on the market and partnering on patents.

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53 Comments

1. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I thought there were no more bloatwares. Maybe this is a part of the deal between Samsung and Microsoft about the $1,000,000.

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Wouldn't call free office 365 a bloatware.

3. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Office is definitely not bloatware. If it is, then so are calculator and calendar apps :)

9. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Better be something that can be uninstalled or a shortcut that leads to a download

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And if it isn't, are you gonna go kill Samsung? Because you sound like you are threatening them.

15. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

it's bloatware to me. don't need it, don't want it. imo any app pre-installe is bloatware. if you want or need the app, you can easily download it yourself.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Ok, so please explain core apps that are designed to support the functions needed for the device to work with the installed hardware? Is that bloat too. If your device has a camera, you are saying you rather download some third party app that likely wont even work with all the capabilities of the camera vs having the proper software that was designed to work with simply because its preinstalled? I'm sorry, but that's stupid. Why don't you just by a feature phone, that way there is nothing you have to worry about downloading at all.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I think what he's saying is he hates Samsung, and no matter what they do he'll complain about it.

32. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Having Evernote take up 30Mb of unremovable storage is bloatware to me because i have no intention of paying a subscription in order to use their service. TechieXP1969, the primary issue is whether user has control over their own storage space. To me i only accept Google playstore as essential the rest are not. Good that you personally don't have an issue with Samsung installing third parties apps and use up almost half of the advertised model storage capacity. Some of us do. It will be great information for manufacturers to state their model actual usable storage space so that user can make an informed purchase decision.

45. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Burrrrrnnnn!! that's true, kids keep complaining about bloatware blah blah blah... buy an iDevice instead. It's just me or i rather have a smartphone with useful feature preinstalled? All samsung need is to trim some apps like s voice that's google already have it.

33. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

Any software that is in a smartphone that the user/buyer did not download themselves, is bloatware.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So the OS is bloatware. Got it.

40. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

No...but Touchwiz is...

46. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

But you bought the phone, knowing what apps were going to be on there. Pure ASOP is not a great OS to start with. No calander, no file manager....seriously, there is going to be bloat either by google or the OEM.

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats what the article is about samsung will not pay if microsoft can put on these big things and thats fine all usable items

35. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

The whole definition of bloatware is a bit iffy. I am almost certain that there are always a good amount of people that find some of the apps useful, and who finds what useful is probably varied, so I don't think it is unfair to say that often bloatware is generally useful.

37. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Should have been an addon pack as they said earlier than preloading them !

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is a win-win for Samsung. They probably didn't have to pay their royalties they owed, and they are able to go away from google even further, as they are trying to be less dependent on them

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Your comment is very fool. Quit Google to go to Microsoft ?

20. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They are trying to get back at them. Basically sending a message "we don't need you". As they are also doing with tizen

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3192; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yes, it's very foolish to go to the world's largest software company. A company that commands a staggering 95% of the world's computing software. With foolish decisions like that, no wonder Samsung is an inch from filing Chapter 7 Liquidation.

6. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Samsung can not get away from Google because they are terrible in the software. I think this is just to not pay royalties to Microsoft

16. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

You're going to pay for Samsung, S6 will have just 1 year subscription, after that you'll have to pay ~$100...

49. hoekone

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 22, 2013

You wont HAVE to pay $100 after it has expired, you can just not pay. But Office 365 when you buy it gives you usually up to 5 devices to install it on at no extra cost so if you have it on a PC you could use the same id key most likley to activate it on Android also at no extra cost.

7. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Nice compromise. I can live with that as long as they are uninstallable if a customer doesn't want them. As with all Samsung bloat/features, they should be installable for free from the market.

10. TBomb

Posts: 1714; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

so with a year long subscription to office 365... does word, excel, PP all go away after that year?

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No you just get the free version and are limited from what the 365 subscription offers.

17. may_czos

Posts: 958; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Or pay ~$100 for another year.

47. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No you can use the free version, always have been able too. And that $100 bucks gets you 5 user installs, 5TB of online storage, 60mins of skype calls. As well as tablet/pc isntalls along with those 5 users. So its not just to use office, it offers much more than that, not to mention free office online gives 90% of its users all it will ever need. What they are doing is getting their email client as the trojan horse to log into office. That is the key.

53. hoekone

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 22, 2013

You have replied this several times now and its made you look really silly. Ill just copy and paste my other reply to your silly comment Or you dont HAVE to and use something else. Office 365 subscriptions gives you 5 user installs plus other benefits on any devices for that $100, so if you get it for your pc you have 4 other devices you can put it on. Dont want it, dont use it and dont pay for it, its quite simple, no one is forcing you to buy it each year like your comment makes out.

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