US carriers limited Microsoft software on the Galaxy S6
Even though most of us are not fond of bloatware, we didn’t really complain about the partnership that Microsoft landed with Samsung. Microsoft Office is a must have for most of us anyway, so the fact that the Galaxy S6 came with these apps out of the box was well taken by the public. What’s interesting is that those same US carriers that ship you a phone with a ton of unusable bloatware have decided otherwise.
Verizon has just confirmed that its Galaxy S6 models won’t ship with any pre-installed Microsoft software. The reasons for this were not provided, but the statement does mention that users are free to install these apps whenever they see fit from the Google Play Store. AT&T took a more conservative route though, allowing Microsoft Office to be included on its Galaxy S6 variants, but not including OneDrive out of the box.
It’s hard to understand why US carriers are against any bloatware that doesn’t come from them, but it could also be that they wanted a piece of the deal, and probably didn’t get any.