Microsoft Signs 20 Manufacturers To Ship Android Tablets Preloaded With Office

Expect to see a lot more of Microsoft Office, even if you prefer Android devices. Microsoft announced today that has struck deals with 20 OEMs to put Microsoft Office and Skype on Android tablets. That’s in addition to Dell, Samsung, eight other OEMs and Pegatron, which Microsoft partnered with earlier this year to put its Office apps on Android phones.

“These 31 will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, One Drive and Skype in the near future,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nick Parker said in a statement. “They will be available on a new LG tablet, and Sony will include them on their Xperia Z4 tablet in the next 90 days.”

Microsoft is partnering with OEMs to preinstall Office on Android tablets

Many of the manufacturers that signed on with Microsoft’s Android-invasion plan focus primarily on regions outside of North America, but there are some familiar names in the list, including LG and Sony.

Microsoft has made several announcements in recent weeks about its plans to put its Office apps and Skype on Android and iOS devices. Just yesterday, the company announced Windows Phone Companion, an app for Windows 10 on the PC that will help you get Office apps onto your mobile phone, whether it’s an Android, iOS or Windows phone.