cyanogen_logo_heroAs we’re sure many of you guys have heard, Cyanogen – despite running Google’s Android platform – isn’t too happy with Google and plans to take Android away from them. How will they accomplish this? Simply by removing as much of Google’s services as possible and replacing it with alternatives, such as introducing the Boxer email client as the default email app for their Cyanogen OS platform.

Now it seems that Cyanogen is turning to Google’s competitor, Microsoft, for additional services and features. In an email sent to The Verge, Cyanogen confirmed that they would be teaming up to preload Microsoft’s services and products onto its platform in future releases. This includes Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office, all of which will be bundled later into the year.

Microsoft will also be committed to create “native integrations” within the Cyanogen OS, whatever that means. In a way it’s a little ironic especially when you consider how resistant Microsoft was to creating apps and services for Android back in the day, but now it looks like they’re starting to insinuate themselves into the OS, even though its a ROM based on Android.

In a statement by Kirt McMaster, the CEO of Cyanogen Inc., “This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.” As for Microsoft, the Redmond company say that they 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.”

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