Dell and 10 other Android manufacturers to pre-install Microsoft apps

This new agreement is a follow up to Microsoft and Samsung's announcement earlier today that those same apps will be pre-installed on some of Samsung's Android tablets.

While Dell has released PCs, laptops and tablets with Microsoft's Windows OS ever since it started, it has been offering more Android-based products recently, including the Dell Venue 8 7840 Android tablet. Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development for Microsoft, is quoted in a blog post as saying:

Earlier today, we announced an expanded global partnership with Samsung to deliver Microsoft mobile productivity services to both consumer and business customers. Building on that news, I'm pleased to share that we've also expanded strategic agreements with leading global OEM Dell, and regional OEMs including TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey, as well as top original device manufacturer Pegatron. These 11 hardware partners will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices coming to market later this year.For OEMs, these deals will increase the value of and enrich people's experiences on Android devices. Original device manufacturers are important because they extend Microsoft services to the ecosystem. More specifically, they help to reach a greater number of other device manufacturers, resulting in even more choice for customers around the world. And for Microsoft, this is part of the company's mobile-first, cloud-first vision.  It is addressing consumer demand for top services by making them already available on a device, instead of requiring consumers to download them separately.

The specific financial terms of each of these new partnerships was not disclosed. There's also no word on what specific devices from these OEMs will feature Microsoft's apps.

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  • Oh No's!.. Bring on the bloatware complaints..
  • Nothing wrong with that. If it's an issue, don't buy the device.
  • Samsung adding another nail in their own coffin. Chinese manufacturers will crush them.
  • I'm surprised at this what with all the "security issues" that Android has according to Microsoft that they talked up for years. "Hey you want a better deal on licenses for your Android tablets and phones? Well you can do this to lower your fees." Cyanogen and Microsoft reps rubbing their hands and laughing like Dr Evil in the background. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."
  • So hats that tablet in the picture ? it looks so awesome Posted via the Android Central App
  • Looks like dell venue. Put the speaker grill on top and you have the HTC tablet I've been waiting for... A big ass One™ It even has the black bar everyone loves.
  • Compare these apps with most other bloatware and it's not so bad. Okay bloat is bloat and if we want to get rid of it bad enough we can. I'm just saying, I'd rather have something pre installed that I actually may use, rather than something that myself, and most other folks will never use.
  • Google sold Motorola too soon...
  • What does this have to do with anything? Posted via the Android Central App
  • As more and more OEMs start adding third-party software to their phones, the further away we get from a android-centric experience. As long as the Nexus program exists I'm okay, but if I have to resort to another OEMs phone and it's loaded with stuff I can install from Google Play if I wanted it, I'll be changing platforms (Apple) as much as I dislike it (the users mostly). This is the same reason I build my on PCs, I can't stand all of that ad-ware you get on an HP/Dell/etc PC. If I wanted a Windows phone, I'd get one. I've bought into the Google platform so I don't mind there stuff on an Android phone. I'd just like another reliable, near-stock OEM option.
  • Root and delete if it bothers you that much. But I understand your point but it's business, cross license and politics regardless of we want it. I personally don't mind stuff I'll actually use and I use alot of MS on my Note 4. I just don't like being forced to not being able to delete. And me personally I'm tired of rooting to get stuff off. That was one of the best advantages of Window Phones is you weren't forced to keep there bloatware. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "I've bought into the Google platform..." I would ask why buying into a particular platform would necessarily cause you to limit yourself to only apps and services provided by that vender. I'd be interested in trying Windows phone at some point in the future, if Microsoft brings it up to par with Android, but at the moment, Google clearly has the better mobile platform. But that doesn't stop me from choosing Microsoft's apps and services on Android where and when I find them to be superior to Google's own. It's just bad for the consumer when they voluntarily limit themselves to whatever a given company offers. It's exactly this that allows Apple, for example, to sell glorified netbooks for outrageous premiums. It also let's Google become ever more invasive in the amount and degree to which it coerses people to give them more and more control over their data. If you find Google's services to be superior for your needs, by all means, use them. But don't overlook others simply because you've chosen Googles OS. You might find, as I have, that in some areas, Microsoft provides a materially better experience - even on Android. Remember - corporations are only loyal to their shareholders. Their only interest in their customers is generating profits. Look out for your own interests and never give a corporation blind loyalty.
  • "I would ask why buying into a particular platform would necessarily cause you to limit yourself to only apps and services provided by that vender."
    It doesn't, I use DropBox over Google Drive and the Nine email client over GMail for Outlook mail. I'm not loyal to Google, I just chose to use it at this point. As I said, if I can't get a phone without all the third-party includes, I'll jump the Apple; I just use Google now because it is more open/flexible. Google hasn't forced me to give the any info they likely don't already know or infer since I use their platform, and don't think the other platforms aren't doing the same. When I said "I've bought into the Google platform" that is simply saying that is the ecosystem I've currently chose to reside in and don't have a problem with their apps being pre-installed. Most of their apps suite my needs and I use them; however, this doesn't imply some blind loyalty to the platform/company. There are vendor that may provide superior app/services to Google's, I simply what to choose to install them and not have the pre-installed on MY device.
  • You may not like it, but a lot of customers will. The new Microsoft Office apps work better than any 3rd party app I've ever seen. And for Microsoft it WILL drive a lot of Office 365 sales. When people get the chance to seamlessly share documents to their cloud storage, then edit them on the go with their tablets, they'll be ecstatic. And while I realize there have been ways to do this for years, they've tended to involve multiple products and logins. I know people hate the subscription nature of O365, but easy movement and access on the go will finally start convincing them.
  • I know Microsoft haters abound, but I've been finding Microsoft apps are increasingly providing better functionality and user experience than Google's. Outlook, OneDrive, Office... I suspect Microsoft's lower position in the industry is resulting in a greater interest in providing a materially better app/service, where as Google's primary objective is to further coral users into their own services. As always, competition and options are good, and even if you love everything Google does, it's hard to argue that the consumer isn't helped by someone giving them come competition.
  • Agreed Microsoft is really stepping it up with their Andriod apps.
  • I also agree, but I wonder if the agreement will drive up the prices of these devices, even if only $50. Posted from my Motorola Moto G.
  • The apps are currently free, and are likely to remain that way. MICROSOFT's angle is that it will drive Office 365 subscriptions.
  • MS has absolutely stepped up its cross platform mobile app presence and quality. Stepping up the functionality and quality of everything from office to onedrive to the point that it's superior to google's services and others has been part of their mobile strategy from what I've read the last couple of months, but that's obvious, lol. They should have used this strategy earlier.but it's understandable why they didn't. it's GREAT having the option to use MS services because they're phenominal, but that's to be expected from MS imo. They're a tech juggernaut that should have a dominant presence on every platform. Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • I agree. +1, er +4! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've found that the majority of Microsoft apps work better on Android than on Windows Phone.
  • If an app in available in an online apps store, I don't see any reason to pre-install it. It doesn't matter to me whose app it is; if I want it, I'll get it. The less that's in the ROM, the faster it can be certified. Getting fast ROM updates is more important to me than saving a one-time tap to install an app.
  • As a reader of AC, these preinstalled apps are not for you. They are there for people who have no tech savviness and don't even know MS makes Android apps.
  • If they don't even know the apps exist, they don't need them. So why put it in the ROM?
  • Not knowing they exist and being useful to the person are mutually exclusive. They may find them useful for looking at spreadsheets or word docs but are not aware that MS makes an Android app. They could be using Polaris Office or some other product that doesn't quite work as well as the full blown MS Excel or Word app. That doesn't mean they wouldn't like to have an Excel or Word Android app. But for those who do know, being able to uninstall and save space for other apps would be nice. Without having to root the device to do it that is.
  • So long as you can uninstall them if they don't work for you, I have no real problem with this.
  • I agree with this. I don't mind bloat as much if it can be removed. But if it's unable to be removed easily then it bothers me.
  • Pre installed should come with "easily able to be Un installed" Posted via the Android Central App
  • From what I've been seeing, Samsung is finally allowing the easy removal of bloatware.
  • The only Microsoft app I've thus far used is for their OneDrive service ... and it is FAR SUPERIOR in both aesthetics and functionality to the counterparts offered by both Google and Dropbox! Thus, Spoke Uranus
  • It's not a big deal really. Office is a useful suite of apps. But it should be uninstallable on principal. Isn't this what Microsoft complains that OEMs do to Windows machine with their bloat. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If it is the Office products (except Outlook), I have no problem with that. I already have those installed, along with Skype, on my tablet. They are actually really good apps. I use my tablet as a laptop replacement, so there is no escaping Office documents. These apps do a real good job editing those documents and integrate very easily with Onedrive. I use Google Docs, too, and really rely upon them for collaborative efforts. But when it comes to editing native MS Office documents, Google Docs just do not measure up.
  • Maybe Microsoft are now waiving those fees Basically all Android phone manufacturers have to pay them in exchange for this 'partnership' Posted via Android Central App
  • Good to see quality options and alternatives.
  • Choice = good. Baked in apps with no way to remove short of rooting and losing OTA updates = evil. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wish the Microsoft apps on Android would allow me to save files to local storage and/or Google Drive. Not having either of those options makes them almost useless to me (I use GDrive to keep schoolwork sync'ed on multiple devices).
  • The MS apps do allow you to save to local storage.
  • I'm surprised at this what with all the "security issues" that Android has according to Microsoft that they talked up for years. "Hey you want a better deal on licenses for your Android tablets and phones? Well you can do this to lower your fees." Cyanogen and Microsoft reps rubbing their hands and laughing like Dr Evil in the background. Via Nexus 6: "Takin updates for granted."