Samsung originally bundled Microsoft’s Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote apps on the Galaxy S6 and S7, but it appears things are different this year. Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S8 handset yesterday, and now Microsoft is planning to offer its own customized version instead of bundling apps on all handsets. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition is available for preorders today at Microsoft’s US retail stores, and will include Microsoft’s range of apps and services.
“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,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “This customization ensures customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.”
Microsoft originally started bundling its apps on Samsung’s Galaxy S6 handset after a bitter Android royalties dispute. Both companies settled, eventually, but kept the deal terms confidential. It’s likely that this secret deal has simply expired for the Galaxy S8, or that Microsoft has chosen to offer its own version of the handset instead of the expense of bundling its apps on every device. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to clarify why the apps aren’t bundled on all Galaxy S8 handsets, and we’ll update you accordingly.
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