Microsoft's apps to come pre-installed on select Samsung Android tablets this year

microsoft-headquartersSamsung and Microsoft have announced the expansion of their previously-reported global partnership that will see more of Microsoft apps loaded out of the box on Samsung’s upcoming Android devices.

Today we have learned that a select number of Samsung tablets, which are scheduled to ship in the first half of this year, will come with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype pre-installed. Although we don’t have the details on release dates or which Samsung tablets are included in this deal, it’s sure great to see that Microsoft and Samsung’s relationship is flourishing now that the two companies have settled their legal dispute over unpaid royalties.

Microsoft is thrilled to partner up with Samsung. “Great things happen when you converge services and devices,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development, Microsoft. “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.”

This is in addition to the deal between the two tech companies reached to bring Microsoft’s OneNote, Skype and OneDrive apps pre-installed on Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. As part of this deal, Microsoft will throw an extra 100GB of free cloud storage for two years to these users through Microsoft OneDrive.

Samsung is just as excited to offer their large user-base with the best productivity services available. “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.” said SangChul Lee, executive vice president of the Strategic Marketing Office, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “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.”

Source: Samsung