If you can’t beat them, join them. This seems to be Microsoft’s thinking in a nutshell after acknowledging Windows 10 Mobile isn’t the focus right now, with more and more interesting Redmond-developed apps reaching the iOS-using masses, and popular productivity services like Office, OneDrive and Skype brought closer and closer to Android enthusiasts.

After fighting many of them in courts on patent infringement allegations several years back, Microsoft has been recently striking deal after deal with world-leading Android device manufacturers. Lenovo today adds to an impressive list also including Samsung, Sony, LG, Asus or Xiaomi as the latest company to agree to pre-load Redmond’s most successful software products on its phones.

In exchange, both Lenovo and Motorola-branded gadgets gain lawful access to certain patents of the competitor turned ally as part of an undetailed cross-licensing understanding. It’s unclear as well exactly which of Lenovo’s mobile devices will come bloated with Microsoft Office, OneDrive and Skype off the bat, though “millions of these” should be sold worldwide over the next few years, and one high-ranking MS official calls them “premium” in the press release announcing the newly forged partnership.

Source: PR Newswire

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