Redmond-based software firm, Microsoft Corp. last week on Friday confirmed its productivity apps that will come pre-installed on Lenovo’s upcoming Android devices including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype.
“Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo’s premium devices,” said Nick Parker, corporate Vice President OEM Division, Microsoft. “The marriage of Microsoft’s apps and Lenovo’s Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more.”
Android Authority notes that, this deal with Lenovo signals Microsoft’s shift from making smartphone hardware to providing mobile services. This also ensures that Microsoft’s products are delivered directly to consumers. After all, Lenovo is one of the largest manufacturers in China.
Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years.
According to Fortune, Lenovo can now install Microsoft’s software on its smartphones without having to pay a licensing fee. This partnership is also part of Microsoft’s licensing program expansion. The company has already made similar deals with other manufacturers such as Asus, Samsung, LG and most recently, Xiaomi. Microsoft’s licensing program is one of its most significant as the company is hoping to generate revenues and aid in profitability.
“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” said Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo. “Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe.”
However, the Chinese based electonic firm, Lenovo Inc. hasn’t specified which of its future products will have Microsoft’s apps, but its deal with Microsoft also includes devices from Motorola, which Lenovo currently owns.