Xiaomi, one of the largest Chinese smartphone brand, has launched a variety of products including the Mi TV, Mi Drone, and Yi action camera. Now, the company has signed a patent deal with Microsoft. Xiaomi’s product range includes the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi 5, Redmi Note 3, Mi TV, Mi Band, and other accessories. Xiaomi is acquiring 1,500 patents from Microsoft and will pre-load Microsoft Office and Skype apps on its Android smartphones and tablets.

Xiaomi MiPad

Beginning in September 2016, Xiaomi’s devices – include the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3 – will come pre-installed with the Microsoft apps. As part of the agreement, tens of millions of consumers and business customers in China, India and around the world will have new ways to work, collaborate and communicate. The companies’ new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement.

Commenting on the partnership, Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi, said:

We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership. 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.

“People want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and that’s exactly what this partnership offers. Together with Xiaomi, we’re bringing the very best in mobile productivity to millions more customers in China and around the world.” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft.

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  • Daniél Lecoq

    “As part of the agreement, tens of millions of consumers and business customers in China, India and around the world will have new ways to work, collaborate and communicate.”

    As if it was so hard to install M$ Office and Skype from Google Play if you wanted them. I guess now they will be “system apps” which you can’t uninstall without root. Otherwise known as bloatware.
    Sure, I use both M$ Word and Skype, but I have no use for a few hundred megabytes of Excel, Powerpoint, Access and whatever more is included in M$Office. And if I want an app, I prefer to install it myself.