You can purchase the Galaxy S9 through a myriad of carriers or directly from Samsung (recommended). Or, you can get one from Microsoft, which will come with some of the Redmond company’s services pre-installed.
The move from Microsoft is similar to what the company did last year with the Galaxy S8, where apps like Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and Outlook were all bundled on the device.
“A Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus Microsoft Edition when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi,” Microsoft said.
So, the device is less of a Microsoft Edition and more of a Galaxy S9 with Microsoft apps. As part of the setup process, it’s unclear if users have a choice to not install Microsoft’s apps. Though, if you’re willingly buying one from Microsoft, you can’t really complain if they do automatically install.
According to Microsoft’s landing page for the Galaxy S9, users will also get access to the Microsoft Launcher, which allows users to access their calendar, documents, and more from a personalized feed.
If you purchase a Galaxy S9 from Microsoft, it’ll cost $719.99.