Samsung has unveiled the much anticipated Galaxy S8 handset on the 29th. The details about the new smartphone suddenly flooded the news as soon as it was released. Most Samsung’s followers were swayed by the new, impressive features. There is another aspect different from the Samsung Galaxy S8 compared to its predecessors; Galaxy S6 and S7. The previous Samsung versions were originally bundled with Microsoft’s apps; Samsung S6 and S7 included Microsoft’s One Drive, Skype, and OneNote but this time Microsoft plans to offer its own customized version of the new handset. Users who prefer to use Microsoft’s apps and services but still love using Samsung’s smartphones can get a customized Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition.
The special edition is available for preorders at all Microsoft’s US retail stores.
Upon inquiring, a Microsoft spokesperson explained,
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. This customization ensures customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.
Originally, Microsoft started bundling its app on Samsung’s previous handset, Galaxy S6. But as per expectations, they had to face a bitter dispute with Android. After the tech giants fought, both companies finally settled, keeping the terms of their deal confidential. And we can see that the deal still hasn’t expired for Galaxy S8.
Microsoft only bundled a few selected apps on the original handset like Office, Skype, and OneDrive but only offered additional services on the special Microsoft edition. It is clear that Microsoft was not allowed to bundle their other additional services like Cortana and Outlook on Galaxy S8 because of the dispute with Android. However, the actual reason behind the release of the special Microsoft Edition has not been revealed yet.