Microsoft and Xiaomi expand global partnership

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 01 June 2016
Microsoft and Xiaomi expand global partnership

Microsoft and Xiaomi has expanded their global partnership to help provide more innovative user experiences on mobile devices.

Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on Xiaomi Android smartphone and tablet devices as part of the deal, providing millions of consumers and business customers in China, India and the rest of the world with greater collaboration and communication options.

“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership,” said Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi. “As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.”

As of September 2016, Xiaomi Android devices will come pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications. This includes the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3.

“People want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and that’s exactly what this partnership offers,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft. “Together with Xiaomi, we’re bringing the very best in mobile productivity to millions more customers in China and around the world.”

The new agreement furthers Microsoft and Xiaomi’s partnership, which already sees the Mi Pad running on Windows 10 and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service.

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