Cyanogen today announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft. Since the last few months, we have been hearing some news about Microsoft and Cyanogen. A couple of months back, there was news that Microsoft was planning to become a minority investor in Cyanogen. But that didn’t happen as Cyanogen managed to raise $80 million in funding.
At the time when details of the financing funding emerged, there were already hints of Microsoft partnering with Cyanogen, in the form of some deal in the future. Today those reports were confirmed as Cyanogen announced strategic partnership with Microsoft.
Microsoft Cyanogen Partnership
Cyanogen is a leading mobile operating system company that is evolving the Android platform to create a more open, level playing field for third-party developed apps and services. This Cyanogen-Microsoft partnership will integrate various Microsoft apps and services across the Cyanogen Operating System. Microsoft will create native integrations on Cyanogen OS. Microsoft services, includes Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.
Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corp said,
This integration will be across main categories such as productivity, messaging, utilities and cloud-based services. The world-class experiences delivered across productivity and communications on Windows will be experienced by Cyanogen users by taking advantage of the same services.
Microsoft with its new strategy has also released many apps for Android, calling Android users to use their services. We have earlier seen how Microsoft partnered with Samsung to pre-install Microsoft applications on its devices.
Announcing about the partnership, Kirt McMaster, CEO Cyanogen Inc said,
“People around the world use Cyanogen’s operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices” .
Interesting days ahead!