Microsoft services to come pre-installed on Samsung devices

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South Korean manufacturer extends agreement with Microsoft develop Office 365 and KNOX business package

Samsung will pre-install Microsoft services and apps on its range of Android devices after expanding its partnership with the US software giant.

Microsoft has worked with the Korean manufacturer to develop a secure solution aimed at B2B combining Office 365 and Samsung’s security platform KNOX.

The two firms announced at MWC that Samsung is pre-installing Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge flagships, which go on sale in the UK on April 10.

Extending the partnership, it will also add Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint to a select (and as yet unspecified) range of Android tablets.

“Great things happen when you converge services and devices,” said Microsoft executive VP of business development Peggy Johnson. “Our partnership with Samsung is emblematic of our efforts to bring the best of Microsoft’s productivity services to everyone, on every device – so people can be productive wherever, however and whenever they want.”

Businesses that purchase devices directly through Samsung’s B2B sales channel will have access to three Office 365 products: Business, Business Premium and Enterprise. These will all be coupled with Samsung KNOX.

“Our goal is to meet the ever-evolving needs of both consumers and business customers and give them more power to discover new mobile experiences,” Samsung IT and mobile executive VP of strategic marketing SangChul Lee said.

“We believe our suite of premium mobile products coupled with Microsoft’s productivity services will offer users the mobility they need in both their personal and business life.”

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