Sony, LG and others will pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype on their Android tablets


Microsoft today announced a list of no less than 20 partners that will pre-load select Microsoft-made apps on their Android tablets. More exactly, the apps that will get a wide exposure on Android slates include the main Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote), OneDrive, and Skype.

The most important companies among Microsoft's new partners are Sony and LG, which are joining Samsung on the list of relevant Android makers to pre-install Office on their tablets. Sony will pre-install Microsoft apps on the Xperia Z4 Tablet, while LG will do it on a new, unannounced slate. The rest of the partners aren't well known internationally, and only operate in select countries or regions. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

  • Axdia International GMBH (Germany)
  • Cube (China)
  • DL (Brazil)
  • General Procurement (United States)
  • Grupo Nucleo (Argentina)
  • Haier (China)
  • Inco (Mexico)
  • Ionik GBMH (Germany)
  • Iview (United States and Latin America)
  • Multilaser (Brazil)
  • Noblex (Argentina)
  • Pacific / Vulcan (Mexico)
  • Philco (Argentina)
  • Positivo (Brazil)
  • Prestigio (Europe, Middle East, and Asia)
  • Teclast (China)
  • TMAX Digital (North America)
  • Wortmannn (Germany)
Also today, Microsoft announced that Cortana will be available as a standalone app on Android and iOS. It's pretty obvious that the Redmond giant hopes that one day its apps will play an important role on all mobile devices, isn't it?

source: Microsoft

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42 Comments

1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I can't believe I didn't realize this before. Microsoft is trying to take android from google.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

While Google aren't releasing apps for WP, MS forcing their apps on Android will piss Google off. If that's not the best comeback from them, then idk what is.

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

How will this piss Google off exactly? Android is an open platform. And last time i checked, the Play Store is only a small percentage of their revenue.

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It doesn't have to be. Windows isn't an open source platform yet Lenovo had their own pre installed apps.

55. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Microsoft sell their OS to others means that they get paid for every device ruining WP don't think if that's also true about Google.

19. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Exactly, I think his assessment is completely of. Microsoft probably like most companies, are plotting on how to take Apple down, and get a bigger chunk of the financial Pie.

21. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

Microsoft should buy/steal android from Google. Android is good. It's better than microsoft WP.

41. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

The first thing I do is diSable those app

3. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

This is great Microsoft has been a game changer in the industry this year and I hate windows lol

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I bet you have Ubuntu on your PC, right......

14. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Your comment made my day >.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have build a DIY PC to served as a HTPC and its running Ubuntu. The rest is Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Macbook pro OS X. I have used Microsoft Office for both Windows and Macbook in the past and its only recently I start using Chrome apps to explore new approach to computing. I am quite impress with Google Doc, Google Slide, Google Sheets and Google Keep. Google Chrome Web apps is also a game changer at the other end. For most people, its does serve their purpose without the need to pay for Microsoft Office License. I am also aware of many local small to medium size company opted for Google Apps for Work. Its much cheaper than Office 365. My company opt for 365. Bottom line, i am glad there are competition rather than too one company centric for the past 20 years in IT. As end user, we pay a fairer price when there are competitions. Google Apps for Workhttps://www.google.com/work/apps/business/ vs Office 365https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-business

22. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

NO... WHY??? I love Micosoft office I use Microsoft Office But I Not use skype All my friend use WhatsApp/Line/WeChat I hate if i lost space cause of skype please don't pre-install it's bad for us.

29. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Or you can just uninstall it, if you don't like it....just saying....btw it's not bad for us, it's bad for people who don't know how to delete the apps on their phones..

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I smell a concession for a discount on royalties deal here. I don't think these comoanies want to prenistall this stuff, I think they just want the discount on royalties.

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Wouldn't surprise me if MS waives the royalties entirely. They get more revenue from subscribers than they would from a one-time fee. Considering the trends in tablet sales alone, MS would be wise to take this approach. Nadella's no idiot, he knows where the Benjamins be.

23. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

is this blackmail can this bring to justice?

26. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

You totally do not understand what is going on here. Did you read and understand the article?

31. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You have an overactive imagination or you watch too much Law & Order.

7. gaming64 unregistered

Oh boy, more bloatware. Not that it's bad but I rather download it myself from Google Play.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They are pre-installed, BUT you can still delete them if you don't want them....just saying.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not really, most of Android bloatware come on the ROM so we can only disable it. The storage space are still considered used.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Great move by Microsoft! While I do believe this may be Microsoft decreasing royalty payments for OEM's that do this, it is nonetheless a great way to get their services more exposure and use in mobile.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I think Microsoft offered 3 options to OEMS....1)Pre-installed apps, 2)Make a Windows Phone device, 3)Do both of the 2 options.....

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

It's a great move by Microsoft. The more exposure their services get, the better off the Windows platform on a whole will be. Now, if only Google took a page from Microsoft's book and made their services available for Windows Phone...even though I personally do not use Google services.

18. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I have a gmail account just for the play store.....for email, cloud storage etc i prefer Microsoft's services. Google might make some of its services available on Windows Phone, when they'll see that they're losing serious amount of money.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. I prefer and use Microsoft's services to Google's. Outlook email, cloud storage, OneNote, Search...all Microsoft.

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Microsoft has been doing things completely different since the new man in charge came. I like this new Microsoft and can't wait to see what they bring in a flagship phone

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

This is amazing, I love Windows (not for mobiles) I hope they re invent their mobile OS.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

So you've never heard of Windows 10 for Mobile, I take it?

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