With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, we saw the usual sources ready to start taking your orders for a unit. These include the major carriers as well as retailers like Best Buy and of course, Samsung itself. One source you may not expect to be on the list is Microsoft. However, it appears that Microsoft will indeed sell you a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ and it will be a special Microsoft Edition of the smartphone.
According to Microsoft,
“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.”
Parts of that list of Microsoft apps will actually be present on all Galaxy S8 devices as pre-installed apps. Those include OneDrive, Skype and Office. Their presence on all devices appears to be the fruit of a secret deal cut between Samsung and Microsoft a few years ago surrounding some Android royalties that were in dispute. The special Microsoft Edition adds even more Microsoft apps like Outlook and Cortana along with the vaguely described “and more” apps. This does mean buyers of this special edition will not only get both Google Assistant and Bixby AI technology, they will get Cortana as well.
The Microsoft Edition will only be available through Microsoft’s retail locations in the U.S. The device will be available on April 21st and pre-orders are being taken now.
source: The Verge