Since the stewardship of Microsoft switched from Steve Ballmer to Satya Nadalla last year, the company has focused on broadening availability for their apps and services. Office for tablets is now here, and Microsoft recently partnered with Samsung on the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge to supply Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote on the handsets. Today Microsoft has announced an expansion of this partnership, as well as partnerships with more manufacturers.
As well as Samsung, the new deal will see Microsoft apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype installed on Samsung and Dell tablets, as well as devices from regional manufacturers such as TrekStor of Germany, JP Sa Couto of Portugal, Datamatic of Italy, DEXP of Russia, Hipstreet of Canada, QMobile of Pakistan, Tecno of Africa, and Casper of Turkey and OEM, Pegatron.
With this many manufacturers on-board we’ll see more Microsoft all over the place very soon. With their Windows Mobile or Windows 10 mobile OS as they’re now calling it seemingly failing with almost no market share, this is one way they can ensure the continued use of their apps.
Do you see value in Microsoft apps pre-installed on tablets or are they bloatware?