Microsoft has become more-friendly with outside manufacturers, (LG and Sony) in a deal that will see their software with Office and Skype available on future devices.
Further making its mark on Google’s Android OS, Microsoft has announced this week that Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype will come pre-loaded on LG and Sony’s Android Tablets. A total of 18 other regional manufacturers are also onboard, including Haier, Positivo, and Wortman.
Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Original Equipment Manufacturer division Nick Parker, 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.
“By pre-installing Microsoft software and services solutions on Android tablets, our partners are able to increase the value of those devices by delivering the rich productivity experiences customers want.
In addition, partners will be able to take advantage of opportunities to realise new revenue streams.”
The apps would be loaded onto the Xperia Z4 Tablet in the “next 90 days”, the firm said, adding they would also ship on a yet to be announced LG tablet.
This comes just a day ahead of Google’s I/O keynote, and Microsoft might have dropped the biggest hing yet that an LG-build nexus tablet could be set to take the stage.
Microsoft said earlier this year, that Office and Skype apps will also come pre-loaded on tablets from Samsung and Dell.
In a bid to make its mark on more platforms, the firm announced plans yesterday to bring the Cortana digital voice assistant to iOS and Android (below)
This will arrive as part of a new Microsoft Service called Windows Phone Companion, which looks to make Windows 10 play nice with non-Windows smartphones.