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Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition is real, and up for pre-order now

Every Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ comes with certain Microsoft apps pre-installed, but if you want even more, you can now pre-order the official Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition directly from Microsoft. No, it’s not powered by Windows Mobile — but it does include additional Microsoft apps that aren’t shipped with other units.

As part of a deal between Microsoft and Samsung — which started with the Galaxy S6 series back in 2015 — every Galaxy device now comes with Skype, OneDrive, and the Office suite pre-installed. The Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition includes further “Microsoft customization” and additional apps, such as Cortana for Android.

“A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge. “This customization ensures customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft applications such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and more.”

It’s not yet clear if the Microsoft customization stops at those additional apps, or whether there are additional tweaks, too — like Microsoft’s own Arrow launcher. But it’s worth remembering that the apps listed above are all available to download from Google Play, so you can get them on a regular Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ if you want to.

If you’d rather not download them yourself, you can pre-order the Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition now at Microsoft retail stores throughout the U.S. It costs the same as the standard model, so prices start at $750 for the Galaxy S8, and $850 for the Galaxy S8+.

The Verge

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...


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