New Deal Will Load Lenovo Devices with Microsoft Apps

In a new deal announced today, Microsoft and Lenovo have teamed up to bring the former’s apps and software to the latter’s various devices, specifically their smartphones. Apps like MS Office, OneDrive, Word, Skype, and more could make their way as uninstallables to Lenovo’s handsets, however it’s unclear just how many devices will result in effect from the deal rather than the magic number “millions”.

Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo announced on Friday a deepening of their strategic relationship. Lenovo will load Microsoft’s productivity apps — including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype — on select Lenovo devices that use the Android™ operating system. Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years. This expanded collaboration between Microsoft and Lenovo also includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices.

At the moment, it seems like only flagships will be affected as it’s specifically mentioned that “Lenovo’s premium devices” will be loaded with the apps, so think the Lenovo PHAB2 Pro. However, this doesn’t just mean Lenovo branded devices. Since Lenovo now owns Moto, expect handsets like the Moto Z and Z Force to also begin shipping with the software included. Of course, we don’t know this for sure, but we do expect this move to occur as a result from this handshake between the two companies as it only seems obvious.

The Corporate VP of the OEM division at Microsoft had the below to say about the new deal:

“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.”

On Lenovo’s side, Leader of Corporate Alliances Christian Eigen had this to say:

“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.”

Of course, a partnership like this has already been done before. Microsoft recently partnered with Xiaomi in the same to bring their various apps to the latter’s devices as built-in software. At the moment, we don’t know if MS has any other plans to shake hands with other companies, so we’re gonna have to sit back and wait for word to come in.

You can read the full press release below.

Lenovo and Microsoft deepen strategic ties across devices

REDMOND, Wash. and BEIJINGAug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo announced on Friday a deepening of their strategic relationship. Lenovo will load Microsoft’s productivity apps — including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype — on select Lenovo devices that use the Android™ operating system. Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years. This expanded collaboration between Microsoft and Lenovo also includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices.

“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.”

“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.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including Motorola), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing 

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

LENOVO is a trademark of Lenovo. MOTOROLA is a trademark of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc.

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