In addition to the partnership with Samsung, Microsoft today announced that they have also signed strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and regional OEMs including TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey, as well as top original device manufacturer Pegatron. These 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year.
For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people’s experiences on Android devices. Original device manufacturers are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem. More specifically, they help to reach a greater number of other device manufacturers, resulting in even more choice for customers around the world. And for Microsoft, this is part of the company’s mobile-first, cloud-first vision. ?It is addressing consumer demand for top services by making them already available on a device, instead of requiring consumers to download them separately.
These deals demonstrate how we are working with hardware partners in new ways to deliver rich experiences through their scale. This is a big step forward for our cross-platform and cross-device services strategy, which will bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device.