Lenovo will pre-load Microsoft apps like Office, Skype and OneDrive on select Android devices

Lenovo and Microsoft have announced a new joint agreement that will include pre-loading Microsoft-created apps like Office, Skype and OneDrive on select Lenovo Android-based devices.

Today's press release did not offer any specifics on which Lenovo Android products will be pre-loaded with Microsoft apps, stating only,"Lenovo expects to ship millions of these Android-based devices worldwide over the next several years":

"Microsoft's thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo's premium devices," said Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft. "The marriage of Microsoft's apps and Lenovo's Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more.""Our collaboration with Microsoft will create new opportunities for our customers to take advantage of some of Microsoft's most popular apps," said Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo. "Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe."

Today's partnership also includes a cross-license patent agreement between the two companies that will cover both Lenovo and Motorola-branded products. As usual with these kinds of deals, the specific financial terms were not disclosed.

John Callaham