Some Samsung devices to have Microsoft services and apps pre-installed

Some Samsung devices to have Microsoft services and apps pre-installed
Samsung plans on having some Microsoft services and apps pre-installed on some of its Android phones and tablets. Some of this isn't news as Samsung announced at MWC earlier this month that the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge would come with Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive and Skype out of the box. In addition, both handsets will come with an additional 100GB of free cloud storage from OneDrive.

In the first half of this year, Samsung will outfit some of its tablets with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype out of the box. Businesses purchasing devices directly from Samsung's business to business sales team will have a choice to select one of three versions of Office 365 along with Samsung's KNOX security container. Office 365 allows users to access Microsoft's myriad applications like email, calendar, document reader and video-conferencing. KNOX allow users to switch from the apps used at home to a secure set of apps for work.

The partnership between the two companies flourished after both settled a lawsuit filed by Microsoft that claimed Samsung owed it for unpaid interest due from a late royalty payment related to Android patents.

source: Samsung via AndroidCentral



1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

As an android user I love having onedrive. My favorite cloud storage.

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1068; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Probably part of the patent settlement/agreement they had. Really applauds Microsoft's business model.

3. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I was happy when Microsoft finally launch Office for my Note Pro 12.2".

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

word, excel, and power point are very useful apps fro tablets.

7. obsidyen

Posts: 37; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

Microsoft is better than Google. I wish Samsung released a Windows 10 phone with Galaxy S6 specs.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Unfortunately, WP isn't better than Android. They went the Apple route, when they should have kept it more WinMo like.

20. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That is your opinion, for myself Windows Phone is superior to Android as an OS. Look at Android and IOS visually they are clearly Windows UI inspired.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well that your opinion as well. I really have a strong dislike for Microsoft business practice. When they have a software Monopoly they charge us an insane amount for their OS and other software licenses. I paid $300 for Foxpro so that i could do some work at home. Now, they use patent ligation to force OEM to preinstall their software whether they wanted it or not. If i want to use Mobile Office i could download it myself and remove it by will. Liveitup, i am tired of you making claim on other OS are visually Windows UI inspired. Please show us the proof or be quiet. Windows 8 UI are blocks layout, show me which part of iOS or Android default UI does that.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The OS is more than just visuals.....which is what tedkord was talking more about I assume. Just like the OS is more than the home screen setup, icon layout. I agree with him too. They shoulda kept it more like Win Mo. WP started out too much of a hybrid of iOS and Win Mo, Android when they should have just chose a more direct path. And that path shoulda been Win Mo, IMO. really, really harping on the Flat UI thing

25. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Thats clearly your opinion. Not fact. And we've been over this before. They're inspired by Swiss Design. Only in your delusional Microsoft fanboy world with a psychotic hatred of all things Google did Android and others copy Windows UI. Get over it already.

16. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

It wont sell.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

History say otherwise so does my software licensing payment to Microsoft.

8. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Even MS know lumias are a dead cause. Good for samsung's customers.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Funny how Android users here applaud Samsung's decision to preload MS apps yet Windows Central members are going batsh!t crazy.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Which is odd since this isnt affecting any WP devices.... It would make more sense of Android users were going I would think if you root for your preferred company to grow you would want this. This helps MS on the software side of things. Then again I can understand why some are going crazy....because IMO you dont offer potentially exclusive apps to your competition. Whats the incentive for getting a WP device for those apps when they can be had with an Android device?

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Preloading anything that's not part of an OS will drive me nuts. But I understand that this is the way all devices are subsidized otherwise your next andrpid phone will cost much much more. Nexus is the only one that keeps it clean but Google looses money on each one but gains in more people using Google services = more eyes on their ads - a win for customer and manufacturer and Google I guess.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I doubt Google is losing money on the Nexus 6.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

As long as they can be uninstalled, I don't care. I have no need for any Microsoft services outside of working hours, when I am being paid to use them.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Excel is just the hands down best spreadsheet there is. Though I'm sure the mobile version is lacking things like VB (but it world be awesome if it had it).

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Oh, I know, but I have zero use for it on my phone. If my company needs me to work after hours on stuff like that, they would give me a WP handset. Their work and my devices don't mix.

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Google Docs and Drive is poor compared to Office and One Drive.

26. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Good, now make an ATIV phone with Exynos 7420.

28. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is only, in my opinion, a win for users if we are allowed to uninstall the apps if we don't want them. I have nothing against MS I prefer the Google apps because I can uninstall them or install them. If they can't be uninstalled then MS is really not doing anyone any good. it will be back to what they were doing on the desktops not to long ago. I really think Samsung should give this option if not I am happy Android has a strong modding community like XDA. In no time their will be a root and ROM which bloats everything ( but I hope Samsung listened to it's users like it did on the design side also on the software side).

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