If it can’t sell customers on Windows, Microsoft’s Plan B has been to bring its services to other platforms. Today, it did just that, announcing deals with 11 Android tablet makers to preload Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype onto some of their tablets. Dell and Samsung are among the device makers whose tablets will have the preinstalled Office software.
In addition, Samsung will preload OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on the forthcoming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones; Microsoft does not currently offer Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for Android smartphones.
Samsung has also agreed to sell enterprise-level Office 365 subscriptions to customers of its enterprise-level Knox security service. Businesses that purchase devices through Samsung’s business-to-business sales channels will have access to three versions of Office 365 — Business, Business Premium, and Enterprise — coupled with Samsung’s Knox security solution, Microsoft said. The bundle also includes a setup and support service from Samsung.