The Samsung Galaxy S8 was announced a couple of days ago but it looks like its catching the attention of even some potential rivals. On the 30th of March, Microsoft says it’s going to make the Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus available on April 21 which is the same day Samsung plans to make the new phones available.
But from what we gathered though, the devices will only be available in US Microsoft stores but what does it mean to have a Microsoft Edition of Samsung’s Android phone?
It simply means that you will be able to unbox the Android device in a Microsoft store and while on Microsoft Wi-Fi, your phone will automatically get flooded with popular Microsoft apps such as Office, Outlook, Cortana among others. As weird as it sounds that you could be buying an Android device in a Microsoft store, Microsoft said in a statement that;
“Microsoft Store is committed to empowering its customers to achieve more through Office and Microsoft applications. The new device customization is an example of bringing together Microsoft applications on more devices so customers can work, play and connect from their pockets,” and this could be a win-win for both companies in that Microsoft gets more users to use its services on Android while Samsung gets to sell more phones.
The Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will sell for $749.99 and $849.99 respectively.
Microsoft in the statement didn’t rule out expanding the edition beyond US stores which means it’s something that could be available in other countries depending on market conditions.