Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition to be sold by the software giant

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

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

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  • ZBlade

    That is an awesome idea! So what you are saying is that this Microsoft Edition of the S8 and S8+ will be the most heavily bloated smartphone on the market. I will also make an assumption that you can’t remove any of these pre-installed apps.