Microsoft and Xiaomi expanding their global partnership further will provide an innovative user experience for Xiaomi mobile users. This new agreement will build on their earlier partnership with Windows 10 on Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service.
And now furthering their partnership, Microsoft Corp. and Xiaomi Inc. will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on Xiaomi Android Smartphones and Tablets. So tens of millions of consumers and business customers in India, China and around the world will have new ways to collaborate, work and communicate. Apart from this, the partnership also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement. Its reported that Xiaomi has agreed to buy many patents from Microsoft. Specifics about the patents are not yet available.
Xiaomi Android devices including Mi5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3 will come pre-installed with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype apps. Offerings may vary depending upon device, market and mobile operator. These devices will get pre-installed starting September 2016.
Xiang Wang, Senior vice president at Xiaomi said
“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership. As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.”
And Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft said
“People want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and that’s exactly what this partnership offers. Together with Xiaomi, we’re bringing the very best in mobile productivity to million more customers in China and around the world.”