In the wake of a failed phone business, Microsoft has elected to produce a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition replete with Office features.
We reckon that when your phone business sinks, getting behind one of the most anticipated handsets of the year is probably a good move. Enter, then, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition.
To be clear, if you were hoping for a Galaxy S8 running Windows 10 Mobile, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Instead, the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition takes the form of a regular Galaxy S8 equipped with Microsoft’s suite of apps – namely, Office, OneDrive, Skype, and Outlook. Cortana comes along too, just for good measure.
Thing is, most Samsung devices (as of the Galaxy S6) come pre-installed with Microsoft services at launch thanks to a lucrative deal between both parties – Microsoft’s big idea with the Galaxy S8, however, is to have the handset download a suite of apps and services upon being connected to Wi-Fi.
This means that consumers who purchase the device will immediately have access to Microsoft’s entire app suite; not only will users be able to access Office, they’ll further be able to use Cortana as their AI assistant of choice from the get-go.
While we remain lost as to the purpose of the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition in the hands of general consumers – for example, there’s nothing stopping anyone from downloading Microsoft’s apps from the Google Play Store – the move is at least a convincing play to get enterprise types interested in Samsung’s latest hardware.
The Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition is available for pre-order from Microsoft’s US retail stores, and we’re awaiting clarity on whether we’ll be able to get our hands on the device here in South Africa.
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