Lenovo and Microsoft have reached an agreement concerning the productivity apps developed by the Redmond giant. Following this deal, Skype, OneDrive and Office will hit Lenovo’s devices running Android. In the next years, millions of users are expected to be able to use these apps on their smartphones and tablets.
Moreover, the two companies have a common patent that includes both Motorola and Lenovo devices. In the beginning of 2014, Lenovo bought Motorola from Google, while Microsoft has been following license agreements for some patents it owns on some parts of the Android OS.
In the past, Microsoft has also sought out many financial deals for patent licenses on Android and the company seems to be eager to close more similar deals. Basically, Microsoft offers licenses for their patents in exchange for pre-installing their own software on other platforms’ devices. They also have similar deals with Acer and Samsung, but not only.
With Samsung, Microsoft also agreed to have their apps included on the new Samsung phones, including the Galaxy S6. Android tablets will also come with Skype, OneNote, OneDrive, PowerPoint, Excel or Microsoft Word pre-installed. It seems that with any Samsung device that is sold, Microsoft gets a small part of the profit, and rumor has it that this is more profitable than their own series of Windows Phone devices.
According to Microsoft’s declarations, the company’s goal is to make its products visible and used by as many people as possible, regardless of the platform they are currently on.
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