Samsung and Dell Devices Will Feature Pre-Installed Microsoft Office
Dell and Samsung have finally decided to preload Microsoft Office 365 on their devices. Microsoft is aiming to expand its services to other platforms in an attempt to attract its rival’s fan-base.
When it comes to Samsung, it also recently announced its partnership with Microsoft to pre-install One-Drive, One-Note and Skype in its latest flagship phones – Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Moreover, businesses that buy Samsung Android devices via business-to-business sale channels will be offered three different versions of MS Office – Business, Business Premium and Enterprise. All three variants will be bundled with Samsung’s KNOX security solution.
According to Peggy Johnson, the executive vice president of business development for Microsoft:
“For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people’s experiences on Android devices.” She further added that MS is following its users, “addressing consumer demand for top services by making them already available on a device, instead of requiring consumers to download them separately.”
What’s a bit concerning for the company is that for Android users have been used to not having Office at their disposal. Some may consider it bloatware but rest assured it can be deleted.
“Yes, customers may delete the pre-installed apps if they would like,” Microsoft said in a statement. “However, we’ve seen overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers as we’ve brought Office apps to all platforms. Over a billion people around the world use Office and they want a seamless experience across devices and platforms.”
This is a great move by Microsoft, not forcing the app down our throat but instead, just giving us an option to try it out. Which I think we should.
From a business point of view, MS Office is not the most popular suite of its kind. Cloud-based office apps such as Google Docs is more used by Android users, so bringing Office to Android is really a smart move and the Redmond will surely gain some new users.