Microsoft apps now include Android units from seventy four corporations

Microsoft apps now come with Android devices from 74 companies

If discovering Microsoft apps on the Galaxy S6 caught you off-guard, you are in for an actual shock this yr. Microsoft has introduced that its apps at the moment are bundled with present and future Android units from seventy four corporations, together with newcomer Acer in addition to ASUS, LG, Samsung and Sony. That is a wholesome increase from 31 distributors final yr. There are sure to be gaps in protection, however the odds at the moment are pretty excessive that you’re going to discover the Workplace suite, OneDrive, Skype and different Redmond-made instruments in your model new smartphone or pill.

As is often the case, although, this is not popping out of sheer eagerness to embrace Microsoft’s imaginative and prescient. The Home windows maker notes that “IP alignment” is a key issue right here — to place it one other approach, these corporations are bundling Microsoft apps partially to keep away from patent disputes over their use of Android. They do stand to revenue from the deal, nevertheless it’s clear that Microsoft is utilizing its leverage to get its apps and providers on as many devices as potential.