Microsoft has been teaming up with different OEMs as of late, and with their partnerships they are basically bundling their apps and services onto a variety of mobile devices. For example earlier this year we learnt that Microsoft and Samsung had teamed up, and later we also learnt that the partnership extended to the folks at Cyanogen.
Now according to an announcement by Microsoft, they have revealed that they have entered into a new partnership with ASUS, which will see the Redmond company’s apps and services bundled onto ASUS’ phones and tablets as well. According to Microsoft, “The deal includes a broad cross-license covering, for example, ASUS Android-based phones and tablets and Microsoft software, devices and services.”
According to ASUS General Counsel Vincent Hong, “This agreement will give us both a greater ability to innovate for our customers. We see it leading to broad partnership opportunities for future technologies and a strengthened relationship between our two companies as leaders of the technology industry.”
While Microsoft’s apps and services have already been made available on Android for a while now, but with the bundling of these apps and services, it would seem like Microsoft wants to give Google’s own apps and services a run for their money.