Some Xiaomi phones will soon come pre-loaded with Microsoft apps


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Xiaomi has made no secret of its plans to expand its reach to global audience. Since the Chinese market has now become super competitive, the only way to justify $45 billion valuations is to look for sales elsewhere. Xiaomi seems keen to expand to the US and a new development might be very helpful.

According to a new report, Xiaomi has now inked a pact with US software giant Microsoft. The deal involves patent transfer agreements and pre-installation of Microsoft’s software on Xiaomi devices.

After the agreement, it was announced that Xiaomi will start shipping a number of Xioami devices from September with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype. The Chinese handset maker is expected to pre-load the Mi 5, Mi Max and Mi 4s, as well as cheaper Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3 smartphones with Microsoft apps.

“Microsoft has sold Xiaomi nearly 1,500 high-quality patents that read on a variety of technologies including wireless communications, video, cloud and multimedia,” a Xiaomi spokesperson told a leading tech portal.

The alliance with Microsoft is part of Xiaomi’s bigger strategy to expand to the US. The company has also recently had a patent deal with Qualcomm. Further, they’ve also built an Android set-top box in collaboration with Google. All this clearly hints that Xiaomi wants to build relationships with top tech brands in the US.

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9 Comments

  1. Gousgounis
    February 23, 2018

    Bloatware…

    • Guest
      February 23, 2018

      I remember when OEM loaded Microsofts products with bloatware, now its a complete reversal, crazy how times have changed. All patent extortion as well.

  2. Lazar Prodanovic
    February 23, 2018

    Luckily system pre installed apps can be delated on MiUI.

    • Cyril Dieudonné
      February 24, 2018

      no. System apps can’t deleted on MIUI. That’s my biggest frustration as I am stuck with MiReader shits, Mi Stock market stuffs, and other useless craps.

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      February 24, 2018

      Some of them can all do recently less & less.

    • Cyril Dieudonné
      March 29, 2018

      what does this mean? No offense, but I really didn’t get your meaning.

    • Lazar Prodanovic
      March 29, 2018

      In MiUI 8 when introduced it whose possible to uninstall more systems apps then now.

  3. Cyril Dieudonné
    February 24, 2018

    Soon? man… it’s already the case. The last two xiaomi I purchased were packed with them. Maybe “start to ship from September” meant “September 2017”. Bought a Hongmi 5 plus and a Hongmi 5A and both have the MS office suite. Which is nice I think.

  4. nobitakun
    March 12, 2018

    Over my ass…