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Microsoft To Sell Customized Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Smartphones (zdnet.com) 83

Done with selling its own phones, Microsoft is getting back at the smartphone business. This time, selling Samsung's Android powered flagship S8 and S8 Plus smartphone. From a report: Microsoft says it is making available for pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition. Both phones will be available for purchase beginning April 21 at brick-and-mortar US Microsoft Store locations. Details as to exactly what "Microsoft Edition" means are scarce. But based on an email I received from a Microsoft spokesperson, I believe this means these phones will need to be unboxed inside a Microsoft Store, connected to the Microsoft Store Wi-Fi and automatically populated with Microsoft apps, including Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook, and more Microsoft apps.
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Microsoft To Sell Customized Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Smartphones

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  • That's cute... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jcr ( 53032 ) <[moc.cam] [ta] [rcj]> on Thursday March 30, 2017 @03:04PM (#54146055) Journal

    Microsoft still thinks they have some prestige to offer.

    -jcr

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Microsoft has no choice but to keep trying, even if it sucks - they can't ignore one of the biggest, most profitable markets in the world good sir!!

    • by jlf278 ( 1022347 )
      If they include FreeCell, it will be a hit. Most people on use their desktops for the internet browser, MS Office, and FreeCell. With the upcoming dock promised by Samsung, my dad will finally be able to toss out his win98 Compaq Presario.
    • by c ( 8461 )

      Well, I'll give this better odds of success than a Windows Phone flagship...

    • MS owns visual studio complete with Android emulators and tools ... No you did not misread that.

      They lost. MS strengths most of us can agree on is their development tools and business software like Office even if we don't like their operating systems or Internet browsers. MS wants to remain relevant with millennial developers. If you can't beat them then join them.

      I see no problem as I consider them like IBM now. Believe it or not they were the scary monopolist to the old timers.

  • What is the discount in exchange for having all these Microsoft programs pre-installed? 50%?

    • I RTFA, it's a 0% discount. I'm thinking this probably happened as part of a separate deal (also mentioned in TFA). I imagine samsung wanted the s8 sold in microsoft stores. Microsoft said OK if they could load it with MS apps. Samsung didn't care one way or the other because no one would ever think to buy one of these things from an MS store to begin with. They just get the publicity and advertising associated with having their product there.
  • Will it come with the new China-approved OS complete with the even more excessive censorware and spyware build-in?

    That's a fine tracking device you have there citizen. The morgue won't even need to give you a toe tag when you die.

  • Microsoft To Sell Customized Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Smartphones

    I think you mean "to offer for sale", because they sure as fuck aren't gonna actually sell any!

    • I'm guessing they will be lucky to sell more than a few dozen . . . . . but then I always underestimate the stupidity of the American people.
    • Hmm... well, let me think about it. A Samsung phone with Microsoft crapware, spyware, etc installed on it?

      I think I'll go for the exploding one instead. It's likely to be less of an annoyance to me.
  • There must be some fine print somewhere between Microsoft and Samsung where Microsoft needs to promote in someway Samsung. Because I cannot imagine the reason for a home or business consumer to go this route. Average US consumers perfer their carriers for their devices. And it makes no sense for a business consumer to buy from Microsoft, because more than likely their company has purchased an enterprise license of O365 and needs to set them up and configure their device with Intune. And most company supplie
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      There must be some fine print somewhere between Microsoft and Samsung where Microsoft needs to promote in someway Samsung. Because I cannot imagine the reason for a home or business consumer to go this route. Average US consumers perfer their carriers for their devices. And it makes no sense for a business consumer to buy from Microsoft, because more than likely their company has purchased an enterprise license of O365 and needs to set them up and configure their device with Intune. And most company supplie

      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        If M$ phone wasn't dead it most certainly will be now. Oh the humiliation for M$ to be selling Android, does it pay itself licence fees. The only reason is they have to be able to sell smart phones to make the stores work and M$ phones will not bring in customers. M$'s abuses with Windows 10 is killing it as a consumer friendly market place and they are desperate to maintain some sort of market relevance. Yet they still stubbornly and stupidly refuse to produce and sell Windows SE a private versions and hav

  • by Anonymous Coward

    it will be just the same as any other Samsung phone but will come complete with added spyware (sorry Telemetry to "improve the customer experience")

  • I thought the big plan was for them to step back for a year and finally get a low-powered x86 mobile chip and clean the market up with the Surface Phone. It would be a portable PC with docking and all that.

    Now they are just going to shit the bed with a Samsung co-brand? Really?

    Sounds like a really explosive idea!

  • Yeah, 'cause I want not only the Samsung bloatware on my phone, I want Microsoft crapware on my phone as well. *rolls eyes*. This phone will sell well.
    • Well, at least no one will give it to you as a gift. If you've got to open the box in the store, plug in the charger and wait for the battery to charge up a bit, then turn it on and connect it to MS Wifi to make it work, that sounds like you're paying for torture rather than a product. Surely they should be paying you for all this hassle?

  • This has to be a leaked April Fools joke, it just makes no sense.

  • For a personal phone, this would be annoying. However if it's a work-phone then having some of these installed and setup might actually be useful.

  • by AncalagonTotof ( 1025748 ) on Thursday March 30, 2017 @05:07PM (#54146885)

    ^WPatents.

    Including Samsung.
    I've read that the S8 already includes M$ apps (Word, Excel ...), not speaking of this Customized Edition.
    M$ apps on an Android phone !
    Makes no sense, except when you know that M$ is making tons of cash using patents and secret deals with phones manufacturers.

    Any whistle-blower to show us these stupid patents ?

  • Two of the most despicable companies around together in bed. Pretty.
  • Well, at least they are being honest about that brick part.

  • "Microsoft To Sell Customized Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 Android Smartphones"

    TRANSLATION:

    "Microsoft Plans To Turn A Decent Phone Into Another Malware-Loaded Craptastic Piece Of Shit""

    • It's all part of a plan to discredit the S8 to open up a bit of market for the Surface Phone ;-)

      Honestly though, why did Samsung agree to this? After the battery debarcle, the S8 has to work flawlessly and brilliantly for every customer. Adding MS stuff to it and making these additional hurdles seems like the opposite of that and just going to make people say "Samsung's products are crap - first that battery thing and now this!"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This version of the phone comes with terrible Samsung software with an extra layer of terrible Microsoft software on top.
    I wonder if you can get it with about 10 useless AT&T apps that you can't remove, or maybe some Verizon spyware?

    What's not to love?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Is this a precursor to what then happened to Nokia ?

    Embrace, extend, extinguish

  • I don't see this selling well, and the idea seems a bit like this to me: "Hey, I had that turkey club last time I was here, and it was pretty good. This time, can I get it with a big dog turd on it?"
  • Is this a win for open source or a loss?

    Or is it embrace and extend?

    I'm not sure what extension they're adding.

    Pretty confused right now as it's wrong on so many levels.

    It's a "cancer" in your pocket f'sure.

  • Im officially DONE with windows phones, I have to use one as work software tie ins require it, bought a spare Lumia635 as a backup as at time it was promised a Win 10 upgrade, which never happened due to ram constraints. Now Messenger, Whatsapp, and even Skpe have been pulled , Im done! Fool me once, shame on you....

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