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No, there’s no ‘Microsoft Edition’ Galaxy S9 available for pre-order

Microsoft has now started taking pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. That’s not surprising as the company does sell Android-powered smartphones through its stores. It sold the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 last year as well and they were initially perceived as being “Microsoft Edition” units of the flagships until Samsung set the record straight. So while Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for unlocked units of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, bear in mind that there’s no Microsoft Edition of this year’s flagship as well.

Microsoft Edition Galaxy S9

There’s nothing different about the units that Microsoft is selling through its stores. They don’t even come with apps like Cortana and Microsoft Launcher pre-loaded. However, when this Microsoft Edition label started being widely reported last year, Samsung issued a statement saying “There is not a ‘Microsoft Edition’ brand of any Samsung Galaxy products.”

It’s not like there’s a need for a Microsoft Edition of Samsung’s flagship smartphones anyway. Some of Microsoft’s Office apps already come preloaded on these handsets and apps like Cortana and Microsoft Launcher are readily available for download from the Google Play Store for any and all Android smartphones.

With the company opening pre-orders for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on its website, some outlets have reported that this is the Microsoft Edition Galaxy S9 when it really isn’t. Even Microsoft itself isn’t using the term on the listing page for the device.

Microsoft will ship the pre-orders by March 16 and that’s also when the handset will be available in its stores. It’s charging $719.99 and $839.99 for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, the same as Samsung. It’s the Snapdragon 845-powered model that comes unlocked out of the box.

The only difference will be that when customers purchase the Galaxy S9 from a Microsoft store, employees at its brick and mortar locations will then offer assistance on how to get Microsoft apps and make the most out of them on Samsung’s latest flagship.

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o0MHJ0o

My purple S9+ is turning heads, it does look stunning – and yeah, Microsoft already have their office suite of apps on the Galaxies. I doubt anyone uses Cortana on Android – except maybe those without the Google Assistant.
Also – still no March security patch on my device. unlocked from Samsung, not a great start in that front. but the device runs so smoothly, I am not all that bothered about this one.

Abhijeet
Abhijeet

Hah, nice to know. I was torn between the blue and purple variants. Blue is finally what I wanted it to be (Coral Blue was too bright for me once I realized how the other Galaxy S8 colors were more sober), but I went with purple instead, partly because I wanted something new for the pictures you see in our stories here.