Microsoft To Offer Their Own Version Of The Galaxy S8
Microsoft has announced that they’ve partnered with Samsung to sell their own versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
In terms of hardware, the so-called “Microsoft Edition” will be exactly the same as the standard versions. The main difference is going to be software. The Microsoft Edition will have features that make it easier to install and use Microsoft apps such as Outlook and Cortana. The basic edition of the S8 will ship with Word, Excel and several other Office apps installed. Exactly what makes this phone better for using Microsoft apps remains to be seen.
This version of the phone will only be available in the company’s official retail stores. This partnership with Samsung, combined with the low sales of the various Windows phones, may signal that the Redmond-based company is taking a new approach to the mobile market.
Another interesting thing to consider is the number of personal assistants available on the S8. Given that the S8 already comes with Bixby and Google Assistant, it is unclear whether or not users will even be interested in Cortana. That being said, there are likely a few hardcore Windows fans will enjoy the cross compatibility of Cortana. It could also offer a unique chance to test out which of the three programs work the best.
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