Partnership with Microsoft leads to more bloatware on select Lenovo smartphones

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A new agreement between Microsoft and Lenovo will give the Redmond-based company a better Android presence on select Lenovo smartphones in the future. Many of Microsoft’s productivity apps–OneDrive, Skype, Office and more–will be preloaded on many Lenovo smartphones, enabling customers around the world to “be more productive.”

This deeper partnership also includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices.

“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 at Lenovo. “Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe.”

Lenovo smartphones have historically been loaded with an insufferable amount of bloatware. That’s gotten a bit better recently, but there’s still quite a bit on there. Some can be uninstalled, others can only be disabled. But now, select Lenovo smartphones will be loaded with a bunch more applications that consumers might not necessarily want.

These applications from Microsoft probably won’t be able to be removed either, just disabled. So, even more storage space is being taken up for things that people might not want on their smartphones. It’s quite disappointing, but at least Microsoft and Lenovo seem to be excited about the deal.

We’ve got the press release below.

Lenovo and Microsoft deepen strategic ties across devices

REDMOND, Wash. and BEIJING, Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. and Lenovo announced on Friday a deepening of their strategic relationship. Lenovo will load Microsoft’s productivity apps — including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype — on select Lenovo devices that use the 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. “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.”

“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.”

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Lenovo

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including Motorola), tablets and apps. Join us on LinkedIn, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit us at www.lenovo.com.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

LENOVO is a trademark of Lenovo. MOTOROLA is a trademark of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android is a trademark of Google, Inc. 


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • gopadge

    Yet another reason to not buy a Lenovo/Motorola phone….

    • Joe_HTH

      Spoken like a Google loving shill that you are. The simple fact is Microsoft software would be vastly superior to Google’s crap, and won’t spy on everything you do.

      • gopadge

        Ha. Spoken like a Microsoft loving shill that you are….

        But just for fun… Where is your impartial validation that Microsoft’s software is better and doesn’t include “data tracking” code?

        And to clarify my post, I currently have two Moto, one Sony, one LG, one Samsung and one Apple phone in active service, plus our prior two HTC (MyTouch branded), one additional Moto, three or four Samsung, two Nexus (one Samsung and one LG), one GarminAsus and four to five Apple phones. I’ve had more issues with the former Samsung’s and the current Moto’s than the others. (But at least Moto’s warranty coverage is decent.) Adding more bloatware (from any vendor) is just another strike against a phone / vendor.

  • Joe_HTH

    LOL! Since when is useful apps that can easily be uninstalled considered malware? Google Play is actually malware and so are Google apps.

    “These applications from Microsoft probably won’t be able to be removed either, just disabled.”

    Based on what? The fact that you’re a clueless Google fanboy who pulls baseless arguments out of his ass.

    • http://www.talkandroid.com Brad Ward

      Malware was never mentioned, just bloatware. Definition: “unwanted software included on a new computer or mobile device by the manufacturer.” And that’s based on what has historically happened with preloaded apps in the past. Very few are able to be removed. But, thanks for the insults.

  • Andy Allison

    Strange statement when you consider Android and Apple by default are based on pure bloat try and reduce the apps down to the handfull you will probably want to keep (no chance )