As you may already know, new Samsung phones come pre-installed with many Microsoft made Android apps including OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype since last year and now that Samsung has launched the Galaxy S8, it looks like this is going one level up.
Microsoft recently announced that the company would have its customised version of Samsung’s newest flagship and it will go on sale on 21st April. The company told The Verge:”A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi,” a Microsoft spoke
sperson told The Verge. “This customization ensures customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more,” the spokesperson added.
The Microsoft Edition of Galaxy S8 will come with tons of new
bloatware preinstalled Microsoft apps that include Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote, Bing, Groove, Skype, MSN News. What’s more amusing is that it will also have Cortana – a Microsoft made virtual assistant. Add it with Bixby and Google Assistant; the phone will have three virtual assistant apps pre-installed.
While Microsoft makes some great apps for Android, I don’t think anyone needs to buy a Microsoft version of phone, you are essentially asking for a more bloated version of a smartphone for the same price, but it will be interesting to see how this strategy goes for Microsoft considering Windows Phone is failing all the way since its launch.