Microsoft and Samsung Electronics expand global partnership

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 24 March 2015
Microsoft and Samsung Electronics expand global partnership

Microsoft has expanded its global partnership with Samsung Electronics to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers and business customers on more devices.

Samsung will pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of Android devices and will deliver secured mobile productivity for businesses through a new Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack. This pack enables customers to easily and securely switch between personal and business profiles on their devices.

“Great things happen when you converge services and devices,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of business development at Microsoft. “Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft’s productivity services to everyone, on every device, so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want.”

In the first half of 2015, the company will pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on select Samsung Android tablets. In addition, its Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge mobile devices will be installed with OneNote, Skype and 100 GB of additional free cloud storage for two years through Microsoft OneDrive.

Meanwhile, any enterprises that purchase devices through Samsung’s business-to-business sales channels will be able to access three versions of Office 365 – Business, Business Premium and Enterprise – as well as Samsung’s KNOX security solution. Samsung will also help customers to set up the products and provide ongoing support.

“Our goal is to meet the ever-evolving needs of both consumers and business customers and give them more power to discover new mobile experiences,” said SangChul Lee, executive vice president of the Strategic Marketing Office, IT and Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “We believe our suite of premium mobile products coupled with Microsoft’s productivity services will offer users the mobility they need in both their personal and business life.”

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