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Microsoft and Samsung expand partnership with Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3

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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 169 (Image credit: Nick Sutrich / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Many of Microsoft's apps take advantage of the folding displays of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3.
  • Microsoft highlights its expanded partnership with Samsung in a new blog post.
  • Teams supports showing a presentation on one half of a screen while showing people's faces within a meeting on the other half.

Microsoft and Samsung further expanded their partnership with new features for foldable devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. These features take advantage of the unique form factors of folding devices when using Microsoft Office, Teams, and Outlook.

For example, in Microsoft Teams on a foldable Galaxy mobile device, people can see a presentation on the top half of a screen while seeing people's faces from the call on the bottom half. Within a Teams call, a user can open a shared Whiteboard and draw using the S Pen on supported devices.

Outlook also takes advantage of the folding displays, as it can show the contents of an email on one side while previewing emails on the other side.

Samsung's phones support dragging and dropping content between multiple active apps as well, such as Microsoft's Office apps.

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Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

"With the Multi-Active window, you can run multiple apps at the same time," says Patrick Chomet, executive vice president, head of Mobile Products & Experiences at Samsung. "For example, you can open Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint and easily drag and drop a table right into your presentation. Now, you can even run two instances of the same app."

Microsoft calls the Galaxy Z Fold 3 a "multitasking powerhouse" in its blog post discussing Microsoft's apps and the new folding Galaxy phones. The post doesn't specify which features work on the Galaxy Fold 3 and which work on the Galaxy Flip 3. The Galaxy Flip 3 doesn't support the S Pen, so some features, like drawing on a Whiteboard in Teams, won't be supported.

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14 Comments
  • If they expanded their partnership whats going to motivate Microsoft to build a duo 2?
  • Why do we have multiple PC OEMs? We could all just use say Lenovo and call it a day.
  • The Duo 2 is already made brotha. Where have you been?
  • I Pre-ordered the Fold 3. Wanted the flip 3 but eh.. My mind wasn't getting set on one of them.
  • Samsung is yuck
  • I am a Microsoft convert to Android. Samsung is everything MS should have been. So I like the synergy of the two.
  • Hope for Duo by Samsung - would prefer much more two screens with option to fold them other way around ...but with Android refined by Samsung. OneUI is great! Fold is to delicate with that screen, also like in a PC - two screens are better than one :)
  • Duo by Samsung? It's called a Samsung Galaxy Fold phone.
  • I just don't like how thick the fold is. That's the main thing the Duo has over the fold.
  • In return, Microsoft should get advice from Samsung on how to build Android for Duo, and also gain access to some of Samsung's knowledge for features. Seriously. Sounds like a partnership, but it looks like Samsung is the only one here that has anything to gain, especially because these apps are already available on pretty much every Android device.
  • MS doesn't even include feature parity between MS launcher on Duo and the version in the play store... Their software design and support for the Duo has been woeful...
  • It would be neat if teams was pre-installed, between samsung devices and windows 11 teams for consumers could gain traction.
  • Hopefully, this means MS Software will come to Android Tablets and Chromebooks as well, in FULL-features.
    That is where it matters more, not on super expensive foldable phones that people hardly every buy.
  • I like the way that tasks added to my To Do app get entered into Samsung calendar automatically... MS still haven't included this in their Outlook app! The Fold with MS and Samsung apps is a great package...