Samsung smartphones already come bundled with Microsoft apps such as Skype, OneDrive, OneNote and now the two companies seem to be taking their partnership a step further. Microsoft announced that it will sell Microsoft Edition of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 series that will carry the entire suite of Microsoft apps.
Confirming its plan to offer customised version of Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones, Microsoft in a statement told The Verge,”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.” The company further said,”This customisation ensures customers get a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.”
The Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8 smartphones will come Microsoft’s own voice based virtual assistant Cortana. Notably, the new flagship from Samsung is already integrated with in-house AI ‘Bixby’ and Android’s Google Assistant as well. Athough it will give the user to choose amongst the three virtual assistants, how each voice-based AI will operate is what the answer remains to be seen.
Separately, a Microsoft spokesperson told Endgadget that the Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones will be made available for purchase on April 21 at U.S. Microsoft Store locations. The regular versions of the Galaxy S8 series already comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office apps. Meanwhile, the Microsoft editions will additionally feature Cortana, Excel, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote, Bing, Groove, Skype, MSN News and more that will be downloaded when the devices are first connected to the Wi-Fi.
“Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition arranges those productivity applications on the home screen and provides additional accessibility to other Microsoft owned applications such as LinkedIn, Wunderlist and more,” the spokesperson explained to Engadget.