It is clear that to Microsoft, while the Windows platform is the main priority, there is also a keenness to bring the support to the current leading platforms. With Acer now supposed to be bringing the suite of Office applications in its phones starting from the second half of 2016, the total number of hardware partners Microsoft has risen to 74.
These partners are located in 74 countries and will bring the usual bunch of applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote as well as Skype in the near future. The number is up significantly from the 31 vendors who were supporting the initiative last year.
“By integrating the Microsoft Office software suite, Acer customers will enjoy productivity on-the-go along with the familiar computing experience on their smartphones and tablets,” ST Liew, President of Acer Smart Products Business Group said in a press release.
Microsoft is taking quite a different ideology forward under its new CEO, Satya Nadella, under whom the iPad got its first taste of the Office portfolio as well. As of now, all the major current flagships are covered, and so are the recent and upcoming Windows 10 smartphones, obviously.
“Office and Microsoft services are available on a wide variety of Android devices today,” Nick Parker, corporate vice president of original equipment manufacturer division at Microsoft wrote in a blog post. “Such as the LG G Pad 2, Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z4 and many other tablets and phones offered by our partners.”
Availability on Android is essential especially now that the OS takes away the lion’s share in pretty much every major mobile market available right now. On the other hand, the partners are boosting the productivity of their users the easiest way possible by bringing the most-popular suite of applications bundled. So essentially it is a win-win.