23 August 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Microsoft and Lenovo reach licensing agreement

Microsoft and Lenovo have reached a new licensing deal that will allow Lenovo to load Microsoft apps on its Android devices.

The deal, announced on 22 August, will give Lenovo access to Microsoft’s productivity apps, including Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype, which Lenovo expects to ship worldwide on devices using the Android operating system.

The agreement also includes a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers Lenovo Motorola devices.

Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft, said: “Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo’s premium 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.”

Christian Eigen, leader of corporate alliances at Lenovo, said: “Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft’s most popular apps.”

Microsoft has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements since December 2003.

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