All the hype over Microsoft and Cyanogen cooking something together apparently turns out to be true. As the two companies announced a strategic alliance that will integrate popular Microsoft apps on Cyanogen OS, the company officially announced on Thursday. This implies that phones running Cyanogen OS will now come with Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook and Microsoft Office. Cyanogen has clearly mentioned that these apps will be ‘surfaced contextually and will always be downloadable’, implying that users won’t be forced to use apps they don’t find useful.
The alliance comes months after reports surfaced that the Redmond giant had considered investing in Cyanogen, but instead the company announced a strategic partnership. Cyanogen was already making headlines when it confirmed a hefty $80 million funding in March.
“People around the world use Cyanogen’s operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices,” said Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen Inc. “This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.”
Microsoft has been trying hard to stamp its authority on competitor platforms, the likes of Android and iOS who still constitute the major chunk of the market share. This new partnership with Cyanogen could improve Microsoft’s overall market share and potentially attract new customers.
“This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.” As for Microsoft, the Redmond company say that they will “continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we’re delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services”, said CEO Kirt McMaster on the official blog.
Meanwhile, Cyanogen also claims it has no plans to make Microsoft’s apps included as a part of their CyanogenMod community releases. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out, as it’ll be creating a package that serves as a great alternative to Google’s services.