Microsoft’s applications like OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype have been bundled with Samsung cell phones for quite some time however the collaboration between the two organizations seems to be moving a notch higher with South Korean organization’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cell phones. Microsoft has declared that it will offer a Microsoft Edition of both these cell phones through its retail stores and has already began taking pre-orders for the gadgets from Thursday.
The Redmond-based organization is planning to offer its own customised form of Galaxy S8 cell phones, the organization affirmed to The Verge. “A Microsoft customisation is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the gadgets are unboxed and connected with Wi-Fi,” a Microsoft representative revealed to The Verge. “This customisation guarantees clients a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications, for example, Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more,” the spokesperson added.
Interestingly, Microsoft will include Cortana voice-based virtual assistant to its own edition of Galaxy S8 cell phones, which already come with Samsung’s Bixby apart from Google Assistant offered by Android. This implies clients will get a choice of three digital assistants – something that may posture complications for the client.
The Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cell phones will be made available for buy on April 21, Microsoft spokesperson told Engadget. The Microsoft editions of the gadgets, when connected with the Wi-Fi for the first time, will begin downloading the custom software and install them, Engadget reports. While regular versions of the phones will come with Microsoft Office applications, the Microsoft editions will additionally feature Cortana, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote, Bing, Groove, Skype, MSN News and more, as per the report.