Another 20 Android Tablet Makers Agree To Preload Microsoft Apps On Upcoming Devices
Microsoft has broadened the reach of its apps on Android devices by engaging 20 new Android tablet makers who will offer devices with pre-installed Microsoft apps.
Some of the prominent partners, who pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on their devices, are LG, Sony, Haier and Wortmann.
The partner companies will get the apps from Microsoft according to their choice. Meaning, there won’t be any restrictions or compulsions on manufacturers in seeding the apps in their tablets.
A report suggests that Sony is all set to introduce Microsoft’s apps supported Xperia Z4 in coming few months. Such a timeline can not be given for other manufacturers as well. Speculatively LG is also believed to unveil a tablet, with Microsoft apps installed, later this year.
The new partnership is manifestation of context of Microsoft’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” strategy. The aforesaid strategic policy has been made to launch ubiquitous Office applications. The company has developed several apps already, over the course of one year, for Android and iOS.
“By pre-installing Microsoft software and services solutions on Android tablets, our partners are able to increase the value of those devices by delivering the rich productivity experiences customers want,” Nick Parker, a corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer division said.
Beyond that, Redmond has announced Cortana virtual assistance for other mobile platforms.
The recent contracts mean Redmond has 31 companies in consensus to use its applications. Earlier this year, the US company finalized agreements, for pre-loading Microsoft developers’ apps, with 11 firms including Dell and Samsung.