Will the Samsung Galaxy S6 ship with Microsoft apps pre-installed?

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Intriguing rumours about the software line-up on the Galaxy S6 could point towards an Android future for Microsoft.

MS office running on non-Microsoft devices.
MS office running on non-Microsoft devices.

According to SamMobile, Samsung has been working hard at optimising the Android software for the forthcoming phone – with the phone shipping with very little Samsung bloatware on top of Google’s stock Android. But whilst the phone may lack the likes of S-Voice and and S-Health (both will be available from the Galaxy app store), it will apparently come bearing a number of Microsoft apps, including OneNote, OneDrive and Office Mobile.

Such a move would be a bit of a surprise, but a good idea for both companies: Windows Phone has been a disaster for Microsoft and after years of support it still has only a tiny market share – so putting more energy into its Android apps makes perfect sense. For Samsung, finding a partner which can provide a number of important services without having to be Google’s subordinate is always going to be appealing.

Microsoft has been laying the groundwork for such a move for some time too – releasing a bunch of Android apps and further feeding my conspiracy theory that Microsoft expects Windows Phone to fail.

Of course, this is all a rumour at this stage, but we should learn more on March 1st at Samsung’s next “Unpacked” event.

James O’Malley

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