Lenovo to Pre-Install Microsoft Apps on Android Phones

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Lenovo and Microsoft have inked a licensing deal that will see Microsoft's productivity apps—Office, OneDrive, Skype—preloaded on select Lenovo Android devices.

There is no word on which models will get these apps; Redmond exec Nick Parker said only that the deal applies to "Lenovo's premium devices."

"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," Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's OEM division, said in a statement.

"Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft's most popular apps," Christian Eigen, leader of corporate alliances at Lenovo, said. "Installing Microsoft apps and services in our devices will bring additional value to customers around the globe."

The deal also includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices—similar to deals Microsoft has inked with Samsung, Dell, Xiaomi, LG, Sony, and Asus.

According to The Verge, these agreements require Microsoft to relinquish the right to charge royalties to companies that bundle its products, in exchange for more software exposure.

Multi-tasking Android owners, meanwhile, can tap into Redmond's standalone Office apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint—launched last year for smartphones and tablets. The apps are optimized for touch and designed to help review documents and make quick edits on the go.

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