microsoft logoIf you were thinking of getting yourself an Acer smartphone or tablet in the second half of 2016, you might be interested to learn that in a new partnership struck between both companies, Microsoft will bundle their mobile productivity suite of apps onto Acer’s Android-based smartphones and tablets.

According to ST Liew, president of Acer Smart Products Business Group, “We’re excited to partner with Microsoft to provide enhanced mobile productivity to our products. By integrating the Microsoft software suite, Acer customers will enjoy productivity on-the-go along with the familiar computing experience on their smartphones and tablets.”

These productivity apps are pretty much what you think they are, which includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype. Microsoft’s President of Technology Licensing Nick Psyhogeos adds, “We’re pleased that we have been able to enhance the already strong partnership that exists between Microsoft and Acer. Mutually beneficial and collaborative agreements such as this one promote innovation and lead to better products and experiences for consumers.”

If you’re wondering why this deal sounds familiar, it is because Microsoft has struck up similar deals with other OEMs and companies in the past. For example just last year, Microsoft partnered up with Cyanogen and Samsung to bundle their apps with their products, so this deal with Acer shouldn’t really come as a surprise.

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