Lenovo and Microsoft jointly announced that select Microsoft apps such as Office, OneDrive and Skype will now come pre-installed on Lenovo smartphones that runs on Android operating system. Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years. This expanded 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, said Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft, in a statement. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this categoryAlso Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022
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, he added. 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, he added. Microsoft last year added Samsung to bring its software to smartphone and tablets made by the South Korean company. Samsung Galaxy S6 had received updates wherein Microsoft apps like OneDrive, OneNote, Office, Word and Powerpoint.
Microsoft has acquired artificial intelligence (AI)-based scheduling service Genee that simplifies the scheduling and rescheduling of large group meetings for companies. Microsoft will integrate the AI technology into Office 365 before shutting down Genee. Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Genee, an artificial-intelligence-powered scheduling service, said Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President, Outlook and Office 365, in a Facebook post.