Xiaomi, one of the largestÂ Chinese smartphone brand,Â hasÂ launched a variety ofÂ productsÂ including the Mi TV, Mi Drone, and Yi action camera. Now, the company has signed a patent deal with Microsoft. Xiaomi’sÂ product range includes the Mi Note Pro, Mi Note, Mi 5, Redmi Note 3, Mi TV, Mi Band, and other accessories.Â Xiaomi isÂ acquiring 1,500 patents from Microsoft andÂ will pre-loadÂ Microsoft Office and Skype apps on itsÂ Android smartphones and tablets.
Beginning in September 2016, Xiaomi’sÂ devices â€“ include the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3Â and the Redmi 3 â€“ will comeÂ 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 companiesâ€™ new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement.
Commenting on the partnership,Â 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.
â€œPeople want their favorite apps and experiences to work seamlessly on the device of their choice, and thatâ€™s exactly what this partnership offers. Together with Xiaomi, weâ€™re bringing the very best in mobile productivity to millions more customers in China and around the world.â€Â said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president of Business Development at Microsoft.