Xiaomi Inc., a privately owned Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing, has announced its smartphones and tablets will now ship with Microsoft‘s productivity tools to offer its customers innovative user experiences.
Microsoft Office and Skype will come pre-installed on Xiaomi Android smartphones and tablets, providing tens of millions of consumers and business customers around the world new ways to work, collaborate and communicate.
Specifically, Xiaomi’s Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 will come pre-installed with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype applications.
These devices will start shipping beginning in September 2016.
“We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership,” said Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi.
He added, “As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.”
The companies’ new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement.
This agreement builds on the companies’ partnership with Windows 10 on Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service.
“People want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and that’s exactly what this partnership offers,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft.
She added, “Together with Xiaomi, we’re bringing the very best in mobile productivity to millions more customers in China and around the world.”
Xiaomi was only founded in 2010 but it has sold millions of smartphones. In fact, it sold more than 70 million handsets in 2015 – it was the world’s fifth largest smartphone maker in 2015.
This partnership with Microsoft will see it further expand its footprint across the world to become a global brand.