Microsoft’s Office productivity suite will now be pre-loaded on tablets from 20 more OEMs

Microsoft apps will now be pre-loaded on more Android devices. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft apps will now be pre-loaded on more Android tablets. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft today announced that 20 new companies will now be pre-loading its apps and services on Android devices sold by them.

The company had announced back in March that Samsung would start pre-loading a few of its apps — OneDrive and OneNote among others — on its smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft’s strategic agreements with companies like LG, Sony, Haier and others will now see these companies ship their Android tablets with Microsoft’s Office productivity suite — Word, Excel and PowerPoint — along with Skype.

These apps will also be available on a “new LG tablet” and Sony will be rolling out a software update within 90 days to add them to the Xperia Z4.

The new list of partners are as follows:

Since users will not be able to remove these apps from their device, they can be considered bloatware. However, since Word, Excel and PowerPoint are almost a necessity nowadays, it is actually a good thing that Microsoft has teamed up with OEMs to pre-load the apps on their devices.