Lenovo devices will now come pre-loaded with Microsoft’s apps including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype. Microsoft apps will come pre-loaded on select Lenovo devices running Android OS, which means this partnership is likely to be seen on Lenovo’s smartphones and tablets. This 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. 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,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft.
“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” said Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo. “Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe,” Eigen added.
Microsoft has signed similar licensing agreements with several smartphone makers like Samsung, Xiaomi and Motorola. According to Microsoft, the company currently has more than 700 licensing partners. The Redmond based giant unveiled its IP licensing program in December 2003, and claims to have more than 1,200 licensing agreements.
Microsoft, in June, announced it is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi. The deal also includes a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets. Xiaomi has also launched a tablet which runs a version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.