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Yet one more for the list of things you’d never thought you’d see from Microsoft.  They now have a deal with major Android phone and tablet makers to include Office software in some of their products.

That’s right, Microsoft is paying companies to put their software on non-Windows devices.

At least we’re assuming Microsoft is paying the companies, no details have been given.  Certainly Samsung et al. would not be doing it out of loving kindness.  The smart money is that Microsoft offered the hardware makers a discount on the patent fees that are payable for each device sold.

Microsoft gets their new Office for Android software on a lot more devices and ahead of any rival apps.  While the Microsoft Office apps have a lot of features (at the moment), Redmond will be hoping to collect a lot more Office 365 annual fees from people who use the Android apps and decide to use Office elsewhere as well.

The companies involved are:

Samsung

that’s the big maker of Android devices including the Galaxy S and Note series

During the first half of this year, pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on some Samsung Android tablets.

It had already been announced that OneNote, OneDrive and Skype will be preinstalled on Galaxy 6 and Galaxy 6 Edge devices.

Now they’ve announced that Galaxy 6 and Galaxy 6 Edge users will get 100GB of OneDrive space for 2 years.

Business users can get Office 365 Business, Business Premium or Enterprise combined with Samsung’s KNOX security package.

And there’s more

Other OEM’s will also will pre-install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on Android devices later this year.

Of course, if your device doesn’t get the Office apps preinstalled, you can also download them from the Google Play store.

Hopefully you’ll be able to uninstall these pre-installed apps because they can take up a lot of space.  As the band U2 discovered, not everyone likes something being dumped on their devices, even if it is free.


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