Microsoft recently announced that Acer will be pre-installing the company’s apps and services on its Android smartphones and tablets. So far, the company signed deals with 74 manufacturers who will be installing Microsoft’s apps and services on their Android devices.
For those wondering, Acer is expected to pre-install the general Microsoft apps and services such as Outlook, OneDrive, Skype, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Note. In a blog post on the Microsoft Blog, Microsoft’s Nick Parker confirmed that the company’s partners will start delivering its services to their Android tablets and phones “soon”.
Parker also stated:
In a mobile-first, cloud-first world, it’s mobility of the experiences that matter to people, and devices are critical to bringing this to life for consumers, businesses, developers and IT. Our aspiration at Microsoft is to continue to build and grow a vibrant community of billions of people who love and rely on Microsoft experiences, on any device, across all aspects of their daily lives.
To achieve this, Microsoft has been working hard to win over the hearts and minds of our partners and customers. We’ve re-engineered many of our flagship products to be more modern, we’ve made Office and some of our most popular services readily available on more platforms and devices than ever before, and we’ve acquired companies that can help us realize our vision as we rethink traditional productivity.
Microsoft has been pre-installing its apps and services on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6, and the Sony Xperia Z4 for a while now. The company also signed a deal with Cyanogen to deliver a deeper integration for Cortana on devices running the Cyanogen OS recently, too. It seems like Microsoft is trying to make sure that the company doesn’t miss out on the Mobile market. The company’s own operating system, Windows Phone, didn’t have much of a success so far and the future for its Mobile OS isn’t looking bright either.
It will be interesting to see how Microsoft’s story with Android unfolds in the coming months. Nonetheless, if you are planning to get yourself a new android device sometime soon, are you looking forward to the Microsoft apps on your Android device?