Microsoft bloatware is coming to Motorola phones

Microsoft's patent cross-licensing juggernaut continues with a new agreement with Lenovo.

Strike another one off the hit list. Microsoft and Lenovo recently announced an agreement to preload Microsoft apps on Lenovo and Motorola Android devices.

The preloaded apps are the same we’ve seen in previous Microsoft deals with Android vendors, including the Office mobile suite, OneDrive, and Skype. The announcement did not mention when the agreement takes effect. Lenovo says it expects “to ship millions” of Android devices loaded with Microsoft apps over the next few years.

The story behind the story: The agreement to add Microsoft apps to Lenovo devices is part of a “patent cross-licensing agreement.” Most critics take that to mean that Microsoft and its powerful patent portfolio was able to make an offer that most Android vendors can’t refuse.

Prior to Lenovo, Microsoft made deals to bring its apps to Android devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, LG, Samsung, and Sony. Android device vendors have paid as much as $1 billion in patent royalties a year before Microsoft’s major patent cross-licensing push. That said, Lenovo and Microsoft did not mention whether any money will change hands as part of this latest deal.

The real Windows mobile

With Windows 10 Mobile a complete write-off at this point, Microsoft needs a strong presence in mobile. Right now, getting the company’s top apps—which, incidentally, millions of people like to use anyway—is the best bet for Microsoft on mobile. This sudden push for preloaded Microsoft apps across a wide spectrum of popular Android devices appears to reflect that strategy shift.

Lenovo has been working with Microsoft closely in recent months. Prior to the Android deal the two companies collaborated on the experimental—and soon-to-be defunct—ReachIt for Cortana service.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Office for AndroidpatentsskypeMicrosoft

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?