What’s a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, says Samsung

We often write about Samsung’s Android handsets on MSPU since Microsoft has officially blessed the devices by selling them in both its physical and online stores.

The “Microsoft Edition” of the handsets were meant to offer a special Microsoft experience for buyers by including a range of Microsoft software automatically installed when you connect to WIFI.

It seems, however, Samsung has taken offence to the characterization of these unlocked devices as being “Microsoft Edition”, telling the WC:

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8 devices are available in the Microsoft online and retail stores with a unique Microsoft experience which ensures their customers, particularly small-to-midsize business owners and entrepreneurs, a best-in-class productivity experience. There is not a ‘Microsoft Edition’ brand of any Samsung Galaxy products.

The statement was accompanied by a request to remove references to the mythical “Microsoft Edition” of the handsets, and if you were to search Microsoft’s website for “Microsoft Edition” it appears the words have been scrubbed from there too.

The words were not, however, a shared delusion, as an official statement from Microsoft to the Verge in March 2017 notes:

A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “This customization ensures customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.

Interestingly reportedly Microsoft is no longer applying the “Microsoft Customization” to the handsets, selling the devices simply with the basic collection of Microsoft apps pre-installed, exactly the same as you can find from the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+  ‘Bestbuy Edition’.

At this point, it is not clear what is behind Samsung’s purge, but if we wanted to be positive it could be that as consumers abandon Windows Phone they are demanding the “Microsoft Edition” outside of USA, and Samsung wanted to squash the idea that such a device actually exists.

The alternative is that Microsoft’s relationship with Samsung has become a bit rocky. As the largest Android OEM selling hundreds of millions of Android phones per year, hopefully, this is not the case.

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