The Microsoft Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t run Windows 10 Mobile

By: George Finley
2 minute read

While the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is exciting in itself, this year’s biggest difference is the addition of a special model of the handset: the Microsoft Edition. Most users are probably wondering what the difference is between the normal Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and the Microsoft Edition, and the answer to that question is pretty simple although it might still surprise a few.

Instead of something like Windows 10 Mobile, the Microsoft Edition of the device comes with a bunch of Microsoft apps. Technically, they’re not preloaded, but the phone will immediately download them when it’s connected to a Wi-Fi network for the first time. So in theory, the only difference is that users aren’t required to download these apps themselves. Just to be clear, the apps in question are Microsoft apps like OneNote, Office, Outlook and Cortana.

However, this doesn’t mean that Samsung Microsoft Edition phones might run Windows 10 Mobile instead of the regular Android operating system. It would have surely been an interesting offering from both companies that would have made for an interesting story, but it’s just not the case.

Although this deal between the two went through, it’s hard to say if Microsoft’s credentials in terms of mobile tech development are strong enough to convince Samsung of dropping Android, even if just for a special edition device. Some users would have liked the idea, like this Reddit user that goes by the name baker2795:

Why doesn’t Microsoft just take android and put their own skin on it like every other manufacturer. Then you get a smooth OS like Microsoft phone had and android apps. Seems like a better opportunity than whatever this is.

The Samsung S8 Microsoft Edition is still a very important move for Microsoft as it places its products in front of all the people buying the new Samsung device. This phone model is expected to be hugely popular, given the anticipation surrounding this device as well as Samsung’s reputation and popularity worldwide.

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