Deal puts Mi­crosoft apps on Len­ovo smart­phones

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

MI­CROSOFT apps such as Of­fice and Skype will be in­stalled on mo­bile de­vices pow­ered by An­droid soft­ware un­der the terms of a col­lab­o­ra­tion an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The US tech­nol­ogy gi­ant and the Chi­nese com­puter ti­tan said they were “deep­en­ing their strate­gic re­la­tion­ship” with a move that could add to the ranks of peo­ple us­ing Mi­crosoft pro­grams as ser­vices hosted in the in­ter­net cloud.

“The mar­riage of Mi­crosoft’s apps and Len­ovo’s An­droid-based de­vices will en­able cus­tomers around the Len­ovo world to be more pro­duc­tive, more con­nected and achieve even more,” Mi­crosoft cor­po­rate vice pres­i­dent Nick Parker said in a state­ment.

Len­ovo is ex­pected to ship mil­lions of An­droid-pow­ered de­vices in the next sev­eral years. The deal in­cludes cross-li­cens­ing that will al­low patented Mi­crosoft tech­nol­ogy to be used in Len­ovo and Mo­torola de­vices.

“Our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mi­crosoft will cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for our cus­tomers to take ad­van­tage of some of Mi­crosoft’s most pop­u­lar apps,” said Len­ovo leader of cor­po­rate al­liances Chris­tian Ei­gen. Mi­crosoft and lead­ing An­droid smart­phone maker Sam­sung an­nounced a deal last year to bring the US com­pany’s soft­ware to smart­phone and tablets made by the South Korean firm.

Mi­crosoft built its for­tune on pack­aged soft­ware but has made a pri­or­ity of host­ing ap­pli­ca­tions as ser­vices hosted on­line and ac­ces­si­ble from a broad ar­ray of in­ter­net-linked de­vices.

‘Our col­lab­o­ra­tion will cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties.’

Chris­tian Ei­gen

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