In an announcement made by Peggy Johnson, Microsoft Vice President for Business Development, a series of partnership is ongoing with several device manufacturers and OEMs to make available a host of Microsoft productivity apps to devices so that more people can have access to them.
Later in the year, about 11 hardware partners will ship in devices with Microsoft productivity app preinstalled in them. Among the partners is Tecno one of the African smartphone dealers.
Samsung will be the first company to have the preinstalled Microsoft apps on its android devices. The apps OneNote, OneDrive and Skype will be available on the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, while select Samsung tablets will come with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype in the first half of 2015. Secured mobile productivity for businesses will be delivered through the new Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack.
“We’ve proven that we’re not afraid to look outside ourselves to reinvent ourselves. We’ve received fantastic customer feedback for making Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype available across all platforms. But, we’re far from done. Now we see an opportunity to turn our focus to our device partners — easing mobile access to great apps and services for customers by pre-installing them directly on the device,” said Peddy.
As this strategy is been implemented, users will enjoy MS apps on their devices be it iOS, Android, Blackberry or Windows itself. All hands are on deck awaiting the next Tecno flagships shipping with up to date Microsoft apps.