Microsoft has been trying to get Android users to use some of its apps by bringing these apps directly to them and free of charge. Apps such as Microsoft Office apps are soon coming to Android Smartphones via the Google Play Store. These apps are already available on Android tablets and have been on the Play Store since January this year.
Microsoft is not just about to sit down and wait for people to download the apps from the play store themselves. The company has partnered with Sony and LG to have Microsoft Office apps and Skype on their future Android tablets. These apps will come preinstalled on these tablets. Some of the apps you should expect to get preinstalled on new LG and Sony tablets include OneDrive, Skype, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote.
This strategic partnership between Microsoft and these OEMs gives Microsoft a chance to grow its services further. Apart from these two OEMs, Microsoft has also announced 18 other partners that will help push its productivity apps further into the Android ecosystem. None of the other 18 partners operate in Kenya so am not going to mention them.
In a statement, Microsoft said, “Our strategic agreements with these partners demonstrate how Microsoft is leveraging the scale of the hardware ecosystem, and working with partners in new ways to deliver rich experiences to our customers. This is a cornerstone of our cross-platform services strategy, to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device.”
Sony seems excited with this partnership and will even have the apps on its Xperia Z4 tablet in the next 90 days.