Microsoft has its own mobile operating system and gadgets. Thanks to a variety of legal and strategic moves, however, Microsoft likewise owns a sizeable piece of its biggest rival. Microsoft as of now produces significant income from Android and it is ready to rake in the money from Android users thanks to a recently declared partnership to preinstall Microsoft Office and Skype applications on a wide variety of Android tablets.
Microsoft uncovered yesterday that it has entered a strategic agreement with 20 different Android OEMs—including Sony and LG—to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on their Android tablets. A new LG tablet and the Sony Xperia Z4 are slated to come with the Microsoft applications preinstalled in the following 90 days.
“Our strategic agreements with these partners demonstrate how Microsoft is utilizing the size of the hardware ecosystem, and working with partners in better approaches to deliver rich experiences to our clients,” said Microsoft’s Nick Parker in a blog entry declaring the new relationships. “This is a cornerstone of our cross-platform services strategy, to bring a variety of Microsoft services to each person on every gadget.”