In the smartphone OS market, Microsoft is almost invisible now! Microsoft’s been making mobile versions of their main programs like Office available in other OSes. Now Lenovo has agreed to pre-load Microsoft’s productivity apps in some of its Android Smartphones and we like to call them as Microsoft Bloatware.
Soon, you can see applications like Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype pre-installed in Lenovo smartphones. The two companies are calling this “deepening of their strategic relationship.” It is definitely beneficial for Microsoft, more users will use their apps, and most probably it will be hard to uninstall it. The terms of the arrangement were not announced; it is not clear what Lenovo will gain from this “strategic relationship”. Lenovo could be receiving some kind of financial incentive, whether it’s a lump sum payment or royalty on Microsoft app subscriptions originating from its handsets (or a combination of both) isn’t publicly known.
“Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo’s premium devices,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft. “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.”
Lenovo also pitched the partnership as a benefit to customers.
“Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps,” said Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo. “Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe.”
No! it is always called bloatware if we don’t have interest in that particular app. There will be unused applications or Microsoft Bloatware wasting our precious internal storage, and most time it will be difficult to remove them. Sometimes manufacturers allow users to simply uninstall the bloatware, we will have to wait and see what Lenovo will do with these Microsoft Bloatware.