Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its partnership with Samsung to sell Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition devices at Microsoft Store retail locations in the US. A Microsoft customization is applied to the devices after the are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi. As part of the customization, Microsoft installed their productivity applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more. Today we spotted that Microsoft has started selling Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones through their online store.
Microsoft Store is offering both unlocked and carrier devices from AT&T and Verizon networks. We also noticed from the listing that Microsoft is now promoting its new Microsoft Launcher app for Android devices.
Microsoft Launcher, available from the Google Play store, gives you the ability access your calendar, documents, and recent activities in your personalized feed. You can even open photos, docs, and webpages on your Windows PC with a Microsoft account or work/school account, so you can be productive across all your devices. A single tap on a file in the Android home screen feed will trigger it to launch on a PC, allowing you to work seamlessly between your Android phone and Windows computer.
Instead of asking users to download these apps after purchasing the device, it would be great if Microsoft creates a custom OS image for these devices that will come with all Microsoft apps pre-installed. You can order Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus from Microsoft Store online here.
Note: As part of its Black Friday sale, Microsoft Store will be offering $150 discount on unlocked Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices. If you are looking for a Windows 10 Mobile device, you will be able to grab Alcatel IDOL 4S device for just $169 as part of the sale.