Samsung to bring Microsoft apps to tablet lineup in 2015
If you’ve been keeping up with the news for some time, you’re aware of Microsoft’s lawsuit against Korean manufacturer Samsung. In the end, though, both sides reached an amicable agreement that benefited them both – although the means of resolution has yet to be disclosed by either party involved.
This year’s Samsung smartphone and tablet lineup just might provide the details we’ve longed for.
It’s no secret that the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung’s newest smartphones, will come preloaded with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, and Skype apps. Samsung announced earlier today that the company’s tablet lineup will also features these same apps:
In the first half of 2015, Samsung is planning to pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on select Samsung Android tablets.
There are two questions that remain with Samsung’s latest announcement. First, which tablets? We aren’t told which tablets, although it seems likely that tablets such as the Galaxy Note 10.1 2015 (which hasn’t been announced yet) along with the NotePRO and TabPRO will be a few of the fortunate recipients. The next question pertains to whether or not users will be able to un-install apps. Microsoft apps can be deleted on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, but we’ll have to wait and see if Samsung brings this type of user control to its tablet lineup. We don’t doubt that Samsung will.
Some users may not be so delighted to see Samsung bring more supposed “bloatware” to its tablets, but Samsung’s throwing 100GB of free Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage to sweeten the deal. The OneDrive cloud storage app may be the one app you don’t want to delete – at least for another two years, anyway.