Microsoft has slowly but steadily been roping in Android OEMs to get them to preload its suite of productivity apps on their devices. The latest company to join this list is Lenovo which has entered into a “strategic relationship” with the Redmond company to include its productivity apps, including Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype, on its selected devices.
Lenovo is not the first company that has entered into such a “strategic relationship” with Microsoft. Samsung, Xiaomi, Asus, Dell, and many other Android OEMs are already a part of such a strategic partnership with the Redmond company.
“Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo’s premium devices,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft. “The marriage of Microsoft’s apps and Lenovo’s Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more.”
In case it was not already obvious to you, Microsoft is using its patent portfolio to get these companies to enter such agreements. In turn, the company is likely reducing or completely waiving off the royalty fees that it gets from the sale of each Android device.
It remains unclear at this point if this partnership between Lenovo and Motorola also includes devices which the former sells under the Motorola brand.