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Lenovo and Motorola phones will come with Office, Skype, and OneDrive pre-installed

Motorola's phones have stayed relatively free of any pre-loaded apps, but that's changing now as part of a new patent cross-licensing deal between Lenovo and Microsoft. The move will see select Lenovo and Motorola phones offering the Office suite along with Skype and OneDrive out of the box.

Microsoft has inked similar deals with top Android manufacturers over the years, including Samsung, ASUS, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, and HTC. There's no mention as to which specific models will get the productivity apps, but Microsoft's corporate vice president Nick Parker mentioned in the official statement that they will be pre-installed on "Lenovo's premium devices."

The move makes sense for Microsoft seeing as how the Redmond giant is transitioning into a services company. Instead of collecting royalties from handset manufacturers over intellectual property, it is getting its productivity apps bundled into millions of phones.

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

44 Comments
  • More bloatware no thank you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just delete it, Android uses a lot of Microsoft software so this deal is good for the phone business, Because Microsoft either cuts the royalties and the OEMs pay less or not at all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unless they install it so that it can't be deleted.
  • Bloat cannot be uninstalled without root you can only disable it. Not the same Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's functionality the same. If you disable it it'll never run or update and you gain all the user space it's taken back. You just don't get the system space back, which you can't use anyway.
  • Ok. What does that have to do with the OP comment about deleting? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was replying to your "not the same" comment.
  • Cause it's not the same Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, presumably if this stuff wasn't installed in the system partition, it could be smaller and you *would* be able to use the larger data partition space once it was deleted. There is no good reason to install this stuff in the system partition. If it's useful (and many will find it is), then what's the danger in allowing it to be deleted?
  • Exactly! Posted via the Android Central App
  • My hope is that Microsoft just wants cheap advertising and exposure for their Android suite of apps. Giving Moto-Novo an opportunity to install these apps on the user partition, therefore becoming uninstallable.
    Microsoft knows that a majority of the smartphone users just use what is preinstalled, as it is easier than researching for and downloading the best app. Hey Microsoft throw in a free year of 365 with that packaging deal
  • You cant delete they will be preinstalled. You can only disable. Samsung phones are the same half my memory is taken up by unwanted apps. I use the google apps, if i want anymore i go to the play store and download them simple. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "...this deal is good for the phone business, Because Microsoft either cuts the royalties and the OEMs pay less or not at all."
    And do you seriously think that OEMs are going to pass those savings onto the consumer? Of course they won't; margins are tight enough already. If this is a cross-licensing deal, it can't be much of a deal for Lenovo. I imagine the conversation went along the lines of:
    MS: "Install our apps or we'll sue you for infringing our patents."
    L: "And we'll sue you!"
    MS: "What for?"
    L: "Which apps would you like us to install?" This is just another way that MS is trying to force its software onto people. If we wanted it, we'd install it ourselves; it's free, after all.
  • +1. I also suspect Microsoft strong armed their way onto Moto phones. Expect to see more of this.
  • And there goes the "close to vanilla Android" company...
  • I have office, Skype and OneDrive on my phone anyway so I'm not bothered by this.
  • Ditto
  • Same. This is one of the few times where added software makes sense.
  • Added software always makes sense (except vzw navigator) for some people and not for others. I don't use any of those, so for me it doesn't make sense. I was planning on going with a Nexus this year anyway, so no biggie.
  • As much as I hate bloatware, I can't really comprehend someone not wanting/needing Office on their phone. There are also many many who use Skype and One Drive. All 3 of them are among the first things I install on a new device, so I am not bothered by this. Besides, if you don't like it, uninstall it!
  • It shouldn't be forced. Any bloat ware, no matter if used or not. People know what they need and are big boys and girls to download without companies thinking what's best for you. This is all about agreement MS OEM are making to get cheaper license deals for Windows. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree. Posted via the Android Central App on HTC 10
  • And I forgot to mention the Android license as well. MS has been holding on to their Ace card for a while and now using it to strong-arm companies for cheaper license deals. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • But Google is forcing the OEMs to bundle their apps (with the Play services). Same thing.
    I wish we could always choose to uninstall the Google apps. Posted via the Android Central App
  • So because you have a need for them, everyone must?
  • I can't comprehend how someone thinks that just because they use something that everyone must use it. I used Word years ago when it was a free beta and haven't touched it on my phone since. I have zero Microsoft Office products on my phone and would prefer to keep it that way. I use Google products and have no desire to switch atm. Not hard at all to comprehend.
  • Well, you asume everybody wants to use Google apps just because they are pre-installed on almost every android device. Guess what? G-apps are bloatware too. The first thing i do when I get a new phone is disable/unistall Chrome, Play apps, keep, gmail, google app and office like apps. I just keep Maps, youtube and drive. Cortana, bing, office apps, onenote, opera/firefox, spotify/groove music replace those Google bloatware. Is not hard to comprehend. What MSFT is doing is part of a licensing, is cheaper for OEMs to put office apps than pay full price licensing or a lawsuit.
  • No one said anything about GApps not being bloat ware. In fact I hate alot of Google Apps and will never use them. It's the point that everyone is making. Your argument is the EXACT same thing everyone is saying. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You didn't read my post did you? You just saw the word Google and started a rant. Maybe try reading the conversation again. This time without so much anger.
  • I love my Google bloatware lol I use mostly all their apps. the only ones I dont use are sheets and slides I believe. but I agree they shouldn't be installed. however it's just business at the end of the day
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • So...the answer is to add more bloatware?
  • I NEVER use any of those apps. Had office on my phone for a while, but NEVER use it. I finally ended up taking it off. Skype...no...OneDrive...no.
  • Just like my Note7. *sigh* I only use Microsoft Office products on my iPad, due to the huge screen real-estate. I don't really do it all that much on my Note.
  • As long as folks can uninstall these pre-installed Microsoft apps then it's not bloatware and I see no issue here. I used to have OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Skype and Onedrive on my Moto G to try them out but decided I didn't need them. The only Microsoft apps I have now is Word and, soon, Linkedin (when Microsoft's purchase of Linkedin closes).
  • Motonovo- We won't update our phones,but we will gladly fill them with an uninstallable pile of garbage,and if you root to uninstall them,you void your warranty.I guess that doesn't matter too much,since their customer service is so bad,they're being sued over it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I miss the first 1-2 years of the moto X when they were out-nexusing the nexus. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.
  • More need to define what Bs is?
    Who on earth is gonna need Ms word on 5-6 in screen???
    Can't lenorola just rethink their strategy!? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Meh, I can't see myself buying a Lenovo/Moto product anyway.
  • This doesn't matter to me now since I got the the Moto X 2nd gen it will never be updated and I will not get the damn bloat ha
  • Good news is, LenovoMoto still has a clean UI and is really trying to innovate with the Z and has kept the G as a solid bargain phone. You can expand memory cheaply with an SD card, so the apps you want can be disabled, hidden and not affect storage.
    The bad news is...not sure.
  • Yeah, and so did my S7edge.....where is the novelty :)
    Package Disabler to the rescue.
  • So...the thought is..."Hey, we're not making money against the competition...so let's be stupid and add more bloat to our phones, because people have said they really want that!" Um...yeah...