Long-running rumors swirling around a possible partnership between Microsoft and Cyanogen have come to a head, as the tech giant and the Android upstart have announced that they will be working together to bring Microsoft apps to the operating system.
The partnership, announced by Cyanogen, will revolve around creating native Microsoft apps for Cyanogen OS.The services that Microsoft will be delivering include Bing, Skype, OneDrive, NoeNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office.
"This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world," said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen. Microsoft Executive Vice President Peggy Johnson said Microsoft will "continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we're delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services."
Microsoft has already been taking some serious steps into the Android space in a bid to reel customers away from Google's grip. The Redmond company has released well-received tablet versions of its famous Office suite, and even Next Lock Screen - a custom lock screen replacing the default one on Android devices.
Following feedback from its community, Cyanogen has reassured its users via its blog that it won't be pre-loading Microsoft apps onto the OS:
"Your nightlies will not see a sudden influx of Microsoft applications – you can put the pitchforks down. CyanogenMod has historically stayed neutral on your services of choice, whether you use Google, Amazon or Fdroid; we leave that decision to you and we have no intention of changing that".
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