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.
"Great things happen when you converge services and devices. Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft’s productivity services to everyone, on every device – so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want."-Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft.
"Our goal is to meet the ever-evolving needs of both consumers and business customers and give them more power to discover new mobile experiences. We believe our suite of premium mobile products coupled with Microsoft’s productivity services will offer users the mobility they need in both their personal and business life."-SangChul Lee, executive vice president of the Strategic Marketing Office, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics
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