Twenty global and local original equipment manufacturers (OEM) are to make Microsoft’s productivity applications and services available on their Android tablets.
Each of the partners will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype in the near future.
The new global partners include LG and Sony, who will make the applications available on the new LG tablet and the Experia Z4 tablet within the next 90 days, respectively. Local partners include Cube, Haier and Teclast in China; Multilaser, DL and Positivo in Brazil; Inco and Pcific (Vulcan) in Mexico; Grupo Nucleo, Noblex and Philco in Argentina; Iview in the US and Latin America; TMAX Digital in North America; General Procurement in the US; and German device partners include Axdia International, Ionik and Wortmannn in Germany; and Prestigio in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
In March, Microsoft revealed that global OEMs Samsung and Dell, eight regional OEMs and original device manufacturer Pegatron would pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype on their Android tablets.
“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, corporate vice president of the OEM Division at Microsoft, in a blog post. “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.”
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