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Microsoft has been slowly re-adjusting its business model and expanding its services by acquiring companies that show potential and merging them into its products. We have recently witnessed the purchased of Swiftkey and Sunrise calendar as the company continues to widen its reach in the tech space.
The Redmond-based company has for several years tried to have their products bundled with other platforms (most notably Google’s Android) and it would seem, they have made great headways this year.
The idea is to not just have app developers optimized Windows apps for other OSs like Android and iOS but encourage them to port apps that already exist on the competing platforms for Windows Mobile operating system.
Microsoft announced its partnership with several established hardware manufacturers that already have its apps and services put into their hardware and they include Samsung, LG, and Sony that already have said apps and services installed on their flagships (S6, LG G PAD2, Xperia Z4). The number had however risen to 74 when they announced their new partnership with Acer sometime last week.
A statement from the corporate vice president of Original Equipment Manufacturer Division of Microsoft Nick Parker reads:
“Today I’m excited to announce that there are now 74 hardware partners in 25 countries who are making Microsoft productivity applications and services available on their Android tablets and phones,”
This is an exciting prospect for all Android users as it would mean that office suite from Microsoft like Word, Excel, or Powerpoint will come pre-loaded with their new Android devices and not mention other exciting apps like Outlook, Skype, Onedrive, and OneNote will all be just be a click away.