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Lenovo preloads Microsoft Office onto Android devices

Microsoft and Lenovo have revealed a deal that will see Microsoft productivity apps pre-installed on some Android devices from Lenovo.
Microsoft called the deal, which will preload apps including Office, OneDrive and Skype on the devices from Lenovo, "a deepening of their strategic relationship".

The companies didn't name specific devices, although a news release said Lenovo is expecting to ship "millions" of Android devices in coming years.

Microsoft and Lenovo also disclosed that the two companies have entered a patent cross-licensing agreement, covering Lenovo and Motorola devices.

In the news release, Nick Parker, corporate vice president of Microsoft's OEM Division, said the Microsoft productivity apps will be preloaded onto "premium" devices from Lenovo.  

Christian Eigen, leader of corporate alliances, Lenovo, said: "Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft's most popular apps. Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe."
Android devices that Lenovo has launched recently include the large-screen smartphones Phab2 Pro and the Moto Z.