Microsoft reveals today the plan to expand its wide range of apps to more Android devices. The company announced today, that is partnering with a number of Android device makers, including Samsung, Dell, and other major companies, to pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and Skype on selected upcoming Android devices.
This is a significant effort from Microsoft, as the deal will further increase the company’s software and services usage on the mobile space, which is an area where Windows has struggled for years to be relevant.
We previously heard that the company was working with Samsung to increase the storage capacity in the newly announced Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge by giving away 100GB of OneDrive storage to users, now that we know that the new Samsung handset will not include an SD card slot to expand the storage space. The phone maker is also planning to pre-install OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on its newest handset, and Samsung Android tablets will come pre-installed with Microsoft’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype (press release).
Other companies joining the Microsoft’s crusade to expand its apps and services include a number of partners around the world such as Dell, TrekStor, JP Sa Couto, Datamatic, DEXP, Hipstreet, QMobile, Tecno, Casper, and Pegatron. The deal will include partners to pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on selected Android devices.
Neither company have yet specified which devices will come with Office and the range of Microsoft’s applications, and whether the apps will be the default. However, it’s a huge step from the software giant to increase its presence in the mobile market.