Microsoft and Lenovo have announced a deepening of their strategic relationship, with Lenovo loading Microsoft’s productivity apps — including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype — on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system.
Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years.
This expanded collaboration between Microsoft and Lenovo also includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices.
“Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo’s premium devices,” says Nick Parker, corporate vice-president: OEM division at 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.”
“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” says Christian Eigen, leader of corporate alliances at Lenovo. “Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe.”