UPDATED 02:53 EDT / APRIL 17 2015

Microsoft bites at the heels of Google with a deal to bundle apps on Cyanogen OS

fightIn yet another move in which Microsoft is attempting to bundle its apps on more Android devices, including yesterday’s news (albeit a setback) concerning Redomond’s apps being pre-installed on Samsung’s S6 phones, a new deal has just been struck with the open source Android build operating system Cyanogen.

The move will see several of Microsoft’s apps and services, including Microsoft Office, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, Bing and Skype, onto the Cyanogen OS sometime later in the year, a deal which again shows Microsoft’s commitment to luring consumers away from Google’s services and towards Microsoft’s. Cyanogen is available at the moment on OnePlus and Alcatel smartphones and tablets. Cyanogen OS should do very well out of the new partnership, too, as its users need the broad set of productivity tools that Microsoft has to offer. According to Cyanogen Inc. the OS is rapidly expanding across the world with users and developers.

In a press release, Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, said of the new partnership, “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. This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.”

In response, Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft, said, “We’ll continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we’re delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services.”

Windows Phone may somewhat be lagging in the smartphone market, but all the same if Microsoft can concentrate on spreading its apps and services across all devices then the company is still putting itself a good position to dominate a part of the mobile market. Not only has Samsung agreed to bundle Microsoft’s products on its devices, with Dell has too, along with a fairly long list of other manufacturers that partnered with Microsoft in March this year.

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