Microsoft Office, Skype to come pre-installed on many new Android tablets

Microsoft Office, Skype to come pre-installed on many new Android tablets

Microsoft Office and Skype will now come pre-installed on many new Android tablets, including the LG G Pad as well as Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. The software giant on Tuesday announced that it has expanded its cross-platform services strategy with adding as many as 20 additional Android hardware partners.

Initially, there were Samsung, Dell and a few other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on board to offer pre-install Microsoft apps and services on their Android tablets but the company has now added the additional partners to expand its presence. The first batch of Android tablets by companies including LG, Sony, Haier, Positivo and Wortman will feature pre-installed Microsoft Office and Skype in the next 90 days.

Microsoft Office on Android tablets

Microsoft Office on Android tablet

“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, said Nick Parker, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of OEM division, adding, “This is a cornerstone of our cross-platform services strategy, to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device.”

With the new announcement, Microsoft Office and Skype will be available pre-installed on Android tablets by total 31 OEM partners. The Microsoft Office package through the new partnership will particularly include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and OneDrive.

“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 realize new revenue streams,” Parker added.

Microsoft has additionally been in plans to enhance its native ecosystem through releasing Windows 10 platform. The new platform would bring unified app store and support a Phone companion app to let users sync data between Windows 10 and mobile devices running on Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.

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