Microsoft has deepened its partnership with Lenovo, through the loading of productivity apps including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype on select Lenovo devices that use the Android operating system.
Looking ahead, Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years, with the expanded collaboration also including a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo and Motorola devices.
“The marriage of Microsoft’s apps and Lenovo’s Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more,” Microsoft corporate vice president OEM Division, Nick Parker.
Parker said the patent agreement is another example of the “important role” intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a “healthy and vibrant” technology ecosystem.
Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.
“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” Lenovo leader of corporate alliances, Christian Eigen, added.
“Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe."