Microsoft has partnered with 74 device makers to bring its apps/services to mobile devices

Microsoft has partnered with 74 device makers to bring its apps/services to mobile devices

In an announcement made earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that it has partnered with 74 device manufacturers to bring its products and services -- including Microsoft Office -- to smartphones and tablets powered by Google's popular Android mobile operating system.

Announcing that it is strengthening its toehold in the mobile apps arena, Microsoft said that the device makers with which it has worked out mobile-focused partnerships span across 25 countries.

Sharing details about its partnerships with device makers, Microsoft said that, under the terms of the partnerships, its apps and services will be bundled on the Android-based smartphones and tablets manufactured by its partners.

Microsoft further elaborated that the apps and services which will come pre-installed on its partners' Android-powered mobile devices as a result of the partnership deals will include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype.

About Microsoft's evident efforts to broaden its mobile footprint, Nick Parker -- Corporate VP of Microsoft's OEM division -- said in a recent blog post: "We've re-engineered many of our flagship products to be more modern, we've made Office and some of our most popular services readily available on more platforms and devices than ever before."

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