Microsoft has partnered with Dell, Samsung, and many regional manufacturers from Pakistan and Germany in an effort to bring more of its mobile apps to Android devices. Traditionally, apps like Chrome, or Google’s office suite are featured on Android devices. However, select tablets produced by both Dell and Samsung – which will be running Android – will feature Microsoft Office apps on the home screen. The move will undoubtedly be met with cheers from the outside, but skepticism from the inside.
For some time now, Microsoft users have been dissatisfied with the company’s attempt at making everything “better” on the outside, while going years without correcting the biggest failure that Microsoft had produced to date. Right now, even as the company as readying to release Windows 10, many are still so hard hit by Windows 8 that they remain skeptical leading up to the launch. Just recently, Windows 7 became the most used operating system to date – as the company ended support for Windows XP.
The hope though, by Microsoft bundling more of their software with Android devices, like tablets, is that they will generate more excitement and interest around their own platform, which will ultimately benefit them in the long run. Right now, the partnership is pleasant, however, many still are reminded of the partnership between Microsoft and Samsung – which ended with both companies in court. An agreement that went awry when the company failed to pay the correct amount of money for royalties that it earned from that previous agreement.
Right now though it’s the point that Microsoft is extending this gift to users. Microsoft Office is one of the few programs that users won’t be annoyed by having loaded onto their devices, when compared to much of the bloatware that winds up on tablets, and smartphones under the Android umbrella. The big apps that Microsoft seems to be focused on delivering to Android users right now are their Office apps, as well as their OneDrive app, which allows users to take their work with them on the go.
At the end of the day this is about making more of Microsoft’s products available to everyone, regardless of the operating system that they’re running, and impacting Google’s presence with free productivity apps.