Microsoft’s Office productivity suite will now be pre-loaded on tablets from 20 more OEMs
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:
- Axdia International GMBH – Germany
- Cube – China
- DL – Brazil
- General Procurement – United States
- Grupo Nucleo – Argentina
- Haier – China
- Inco – Mexico
- Ionik GBMH – Germany
- Iview – United States and Latam
- LG – Global
- Multilaser – Brazil
- Noblex – Argentina
- Pacific (Vulcan) – Mexico
- Philco – Argentina
- Positivo – Brazil
- Prestigio – EMEA
- Sony – Global
- Teclast – China
- TMAX Digital – North America
- Wortmannn – Germany
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.