The new Microsoft that CEO Satya Nadella is creating is one that brings its apps and services to other platforms, not just Windows, which is a big change from what the company has previously done. Microsoft is so dedicated to this new effort, in fact, that many of its Android apps could come pre-installed on Samsung’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6.
That Galaxy S6 phone Samsung is expected to introduce on March 1 could have one big trick up its sleeve: Microsoft apps pre-installed. That’s the word from SamMobile’s sources, which previously reported that Samsung’s own TouchWiz apps were likely to be unbundled from the new Galaxy S6. Had this been reported a year ago, I would have shook my head and said, “no way.” What a difference a year makes. Over the last 12 months, Microsoft has made a very concerted and public effort to get its apps and services in front of as many mobile users as it can. Search the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store for the word Microsoft and you’ll see it: Dozens of new apps available including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook (which is a rebranded version of Acompli) various utilities such as Android lock screens, and more.