Samsung and Microsoft are further expanding their partnership to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers and businesses. The Korean company has announced that it plans to pre-install Microsoft services and apps on select Android phones and tablets.
As already announced in the Mobile World Congress earlier in the month, the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will come with Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive and Skype out-of-the-box. They will also get extra 100GB free cloud storage space from Microsoft OneDrive for two years.
Samsung will also offer pre-installed Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype in certain selective Android tablets in the first half of 2015.
Those businesses that purchase devices directly through Samsung’s business to business sales channels will have a choice of three versions of Office 365 (Business, Business Premium and Enterprise) together with Samsung’s KNOX security pack. The package will include Samsung set up service which will help them to get their business up and running as well as provide ongoing support.
Microsoft’s Office 365 is powered by cloud and allows users to access several of Microsoft apps such as email, up-to-date documents, calendar and video-conferencing. Samsung KNOX allows customers to switch easily between their business and personal profiles in a secure way.
Peggy Johnson, executive VP of Microsoft’s Business development says:
“Great things happen when you converge services and devices. 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.”
SangChul Lee, executive VP of Samsung’s Strategic Marketing Office, IT & Mobile Division says:
“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. 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.”
Looks like Samsung and Microsoft have decided to move ahead with new partnership ventures after they resolving their legal dispute over patent royalty payments.