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Samsung Galaxy S8 'Microsoft Edition:' Everything you need to know

What exactly is the "Microsoft Edition" of the Samsung Galaxy S8 (GS8)? How is it different than the regular version? And why would you want to buy an Android phone from Microsoft? Keep reading for answers to these questions and more.

Shortly after Samsung's official GS8 announcement, Microsoft quietly (and somewhat curiously) said that it will sell a version of Samsung's new flagship smartphone in its U.S. retail stores. The phone, The GS8 "Microsoft Edition" immediately grabbed online headlines, and after we published a short news story on the device, Windows Central readers quickly sounded a collective, "What the ... ?"

Updated November 30, 2017: We just heard from Samsung, and the company told us that there was apparently no "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S8. All the information in this post is still accurate, except for the name "Microsoft Edition," according to Samsung.

Microsoft still hasn't made an official announcement or issued a press release for the GS8 Microsoft Edition. So a number of questions remain ... or at least, they did. Read on for everything you need to know about the GS8 Microsoft Edition

What Windows users need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

What the hell is the Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition?

The GS8 Microsoft Edition is exactly the same as the regular GS8 you'd buy from a wireless carrier or other retail, with a few very minor differences. The Microsoft Edition is available directly (and only) at physical Microsoft Stores in the U.S. Also, Microsoft reps in stores selling the device will help new owners install a wider variety of Microsoft Android apps on the devices before they actually leave with their new phones.

Is there anything that's different about the GS8 Microsoft Edition, other than apps?

Nope. It's all about the apps and the in-store purchase experience.

From Microsoft:

Neither the hardware nor the software is different from other Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices.

In the forums: What do YOU think about the Galaxy S8 'Microsoft Edition?'

Why buy a GS8 through Microsoft?

Why would you want to buy a Samsung phone from Microsoft, as opposed to, say, AT&T?

Um. Well ... we're not really sure. It's not exactly hard to search Google Play for the word "Microsoft" and then install any and all apps of interest. And there aren't any apps that are exclusive to the Microsoft Edition of the GS8, at least not according to a Microsoft employee named Ivan, who helped us preorder a GS8 Microsoft Edition at the Microsoft Store in Boston last weekend.

Microsoft presumably gets a cut of the profits for each phone it sells or some sort of comparable compensation for its efforts. So you could buy the phone from Microsoft simply to support the company. If you live very close to a Microsoft Store, you could do it for convenience. Or, if for some reason you feel as though you'd have trouble finding all of the available Android apps from Microsoft, you could want a Store staffer to help you navigate Google Play. (But honestly, that would be kind of sad.)

Samsung DeX may beat Microsoft's Continuum, but it's still no slam dunk

Is the GS8 Microsoft Edition available for the 'Big Four' U.S. carriers?

No, it's not.

The GS8 Microsoft Edition is only currently available for preorder for AT&T customers. Ivan at the Microsoft Store Boston also told us that the plan is to offer Verizon Wireless versions of the GS8 Microsoft Edition, but the Boston store wasn't offering Verizon preorders when we placed our AT&T order. (Microsoft didn't confirm or deny this information, but we also heard from Windows Central readers on Twitter who had similar experiences.)

Ivan told us that Microsoft currently has no plans to offer Sprint or T-Mobile versions of the GS8 Microsoft Edition. (Again, Microsoft didn't confirm or deny this information.) So unless you're an AT&T customer, the GS8 Microsoft Edition might not be for you, at least not for now. (You could unlock the phone and hope for the best on your carrier of choice, but that's not ideal.)

From Microsoft:

[R]ight now customers can preorder devices with AT&T.

Does the GS8 Microsoft Edition come in both smaller and larger "+" sizes?

Yep. You can get the GS8 Microsoft Edition in both sizes. Again, it's the same as the regular GS8 phones, except for all the Microsoft Android apps and the Microsoft Store availability.

Does it come in different colors?

No, it doesn't. Right now the GS8 Microsoft Edition is only available in black, according to Microsoft.

Will it be available via online Microsoft Stores?

No. The whole idea is for customers to pick up the device physically, so the store reps can help them install the full array of Microsoft software.

From Microsoft:

Regarding online availability, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices are currently only available for preorder at U.S. physical Microsoft Store locations, as we want to ensure a best-in-class customer experience. 

Is the GS8 Microsoft Edition cheaper or more expensive than the regular version?

The Microsoft version of the AT&T GS8 costs the same amount as the one you'd buy from AT&T: $749.99 for the 64GB GS8 Microsoft Edition and $849.99 for the 64GB GS8+ Microsoft Edition.

When will the GS8 Microsoft Edition be released?

Right now, Microsoft expects the phones to be available for pick up at its stores on the official GS8 launch day: April 21, 2017. The sooner you order yours, the more likely you'll be able to get it that day. AT&T also says it will ship its GS8s so that they arrive "by April 21."

From Microsoft:

Customers can preorder Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices in black now and purchase beginning April 21, at U.S. Microsoft Store locations ...

Will Microsoft have GS8s on display in its retail stores?

Yes, at least according to Ivan from the Boston store. That's notable because there is little or no Windows phone presence in Microsoft Stores today, and its endorsement of a Samsung Android phone could have significant implications on the future of Windows Mobile. (It's also just weird, right?)

Do Microsoft Office apps come pre-installed on the GS8?

We've heard conflicting reports on this one, and though past versions of the Samsung Galaxy phones came with Office apps installed, the GS8 will apparently be different and will not ship with preloaded Microsoft apps, according to the company.

From Microsoft:

The applications do not come pre-loaded on the device. Microsoft Store associates will assist Samsung Galaxy S8 customers to set up their devices in the store to ensure every customer is ready to work, play and connect on their device when they leave.

Has Microsoft ever sold an Android phone in its stores before?

No way, no how. The GS8 Microsoft Edition is the first Android phone ever sold in a Microsoft Store.

From Microsoft:

This will be the first Android mobile phone sold at Microsoft Store, as we are always looking for new ways to provide value to customers and believe in offering an assortment of products to enable our customers to experience the best of Microsoft.

Hit Samsung's website for details on the new phones (opens in new tab).

And for more in-depth GS8 coverage and expert analysis, pop on over to our sister site Android Central:

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: Everything you need to know

Al Sacco is content director of Future PLC's Mobile Technology Vertical, which includes AndroidCentral.com, iMore.com and WindowsCentral.com. He is a veteran reporter, writer, reviewer and editor who has professionally covered and evaluated IT and mobile technology, and countless associated gadgets and accessories, for more than a decade. You can keep up with Al on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Ok enough Galaxy S8 articles.
  • Agree.
  • This was a pretty detailed article of an Android phone in a MSFT related site.... -_-
  • Uber app updated yesterday but no news here. Seems like leavings are more important than updates here. And for an android phone yes it's really enough.
  • Sad its come down to this for us Windows Phone fans : (
  • I think we need a dozen more articles...
  • Why so many Galaxy S8 articles?
  • GoogApple Central🤔
  • Someone must be getting paid by someone.
  • This makes no sense.... Microsoft is clearly sending a message to the 1% club (get out)...
  • In all fairness, Microsoft has been signaling that for years. This is nothing new, just the natural next step in that process.
  • we deserve a 50% discount!!!!
  • Yep. The deal should be turn in the 950 line we scammed you on and get 50% off. That's what the Microsoft edition should be.
  • I'm curious how much sales would be generated if they had a promotion like that?
  • They honestly owe us something. Nutella sold us these items knowing he wasn't going to push his support for then, and Do-nothing-a has completely made a mess of the OS it runs. They owe us something.
  • Well, they still run their trade-in program, but I'm not sure what value we'd get for our phones.
  • Just checked. Microsoft will give you a max of $65. Lmao. Tells you what they think of their own product.
  • Nadella owes you nothing.
  • No, but Nutella does.
  • We also owe him nothing in return. That's how a customer/comoany relationship works. Mistreatment by the company should equal customers leaving...and they are. Im replacing the services I had with my Lumia 950 with non-MS services on my new GS8. Spotify for music. Google Photos for unlimited storage. So revenue generating from O365 & Groove will stop. So, if he wants my business back, at all...he might not technically "owe" me anything, but he does.
  • Exactly.
  • At the very least, the Microsoft Edition should have Cortana enabled as the default instead of Bixby or OK Google.
  • This will be the case. The Microsoft image on the S8 will offer a customized version Of the arrow launcher for Android. Yes I know this sounds weird for the store to carry Android phones.Microsoft is much more focused on cross platform experience and utilization of the apps available on all platforms. I don't think this signals anything regarding windows mobile. People are going to buy S8 regardless now while they're in a store possibly get a PC/surface
  • the article clearly states that the software and hardware are exactly the same. the only difference is a store rep will help you install microsoft apps. so there's no "microsoft image."
  • Very easy to do this in Android setting.
  • Android First, Cloud First, Windows Mobile Last.
  • there will be windows mobile going forward, just not on phones.
  • That's like saying there will be TV's in every room....just no electrical outlets to plug them into.
  • Where is your confirmation? Do you work for MS?... You say that like you know for sure. Is that just your guess?
  • Lots of people around here parrot catch phrases and theories. They have no idea what MS is doing anymore than the rest of us.
  • All I need to know is.. If Microsoft figured out how to solve its mobile dilemma. Because I did...
  • Now that's funny! Great response!
  • Rehashed article? @ZacBowden, how about that review on how MS tools work on Android?
  • Yes.... on Android Central please 🤢
  • 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
  • Soon, WC will be selling Android devices, and accessories.... No joke!
  • I've mulled this over many times, and like the author, I really have trouble making sense of Microsoft selling the S8 in its stores.  The only thing that kinda, sorta, maybe makes a little bit of sense to me is that by having the phones on display in their stores, they can showcase MS Office running under DEX.  Given that potential customers are already in a Microsoft Store, a significant percentage might actually be interested in that; it might be effective marketing for MS's Android apps.  Likewise, for Samsung I don't know how much promotion DEX will get from carrier stores, so maybe Samsung sees it as potentially helping their marketing of the feature. But that feels like I'm really reaching for an explanation here.
  • My thought is that MS knows W10M is dead.  They still keep the OS around for Windows on ARM tablets, so they get some testers (us) for free.  But the average user who walks into a Microsoft Store will have an Android phone or an iPhone.  Microsoft knows they can't get people to use Windows phones, but what if they could show how well MS Software and Services run on the "latest and greatest" (or at least the newest revision of the most popular) Android phone?
  • Give me a full w10 launcher for android and that's me
  • Why mark down this perfectly reasonable post? W10M is dead. Nobody wants it, at least not in sufficient numbers to make it worthwhile for MS to bother investing time and money into it so why not an official MS Android W10 launcher instead? It would have a lot of advantages including full integration with MS Android mobile apps via live tiles, outlook for example, but on an OS that people support.  
  • But they do invest time and money in the software and they are a software company. So why be mad at them. Be mad at Samsung for not using Wm. Be mad at lg and the others
    ....its free to use....instead they poop out more google crap. Pun intended
  • Look at Squarehome2 http://www.androidcentral.com/getting-more-microsoft-apps-and-feel-your-...
  • i would look at laucher 10 more, has live tiles and lots of options.
  • Exactly what I have been thinking! I use on my second android phone Launcher 8 which is very good but I would like a w10 launcher from MS. That will make my smart phone not only w10 theme friendly but also in depth with black background, segoe font, change the contact list form etc. Just like w10. But I want this only if MS give up their mobile platform. Cause right now I m writing from my Lumia 950 which is far better than many many many android handsets and is compared only with Samsung flagships and the iPhone. MS must act severely and quick because we insiders, are not experiment animals, tell us what are u going to do.
  • look at laucher 10 in the play store, if you buy it comes with live tiles, tile resing, transperacy options tile colour options, wallpaper options, animation options, i have it on my s7 edge and think its fantastic.
  • It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft ends up selling other Android phones, or maybe even crazier, iPhones. And does selling the S8 mean they're going to offer some level of after sales support for not just their apps but Android as well (i.e basic how to type classes/tutorials like how the carrier stores often do)? It also makes me wonder if they're going to go even more all-in in terms of supporting other mobile platforms. For example, I wonder if we'll see them add Chromecast support to Groove Music on Android (and iOS). Edit: Also how about finally releasing Edge for Android. That seems like it's even more important if they're going to be overly selling Android and want to have any chance of keeping Windows 10 users running Edge.
  • Maybe there will be a great reveal someday, but all of this (right now) screams that Microsoft is scrambling.  They are trying to hang on to Windows Services with the tightest grip they possibly can.  Their business model (to remain ON TOP) has failed.  They lost in Mobile, they lost in tablets, then brought it back, and with the debacle that was ALL IN with touch and the disasterous Windows 8 (Thanks Balmer), and the bad taste of cramming Win 10 down everyone's throat they are now losing the desktop with other platforms marching towards more mobile computing. They were 1st in so many catgegories, but then they let them die a slow, painful death.  All of this makes me so sad.
  • @beachedwhate42; It's Microsoft themselves who threw in the towel and not the consumers. They let the Nokia team leave showed they were not interested in consumers not mobile but consumers. Refresh of the 1020, 1520, 950/xl phones where the team to support was in place leaves the main question of what happened to the patience because the market was growing with the Nokia team being one of the best. What happened to the patience? They kept it with Bing, Xbox... The mobile market is a trillion dollar value regardless of who is #1 or and including #2 it does not matter... The 520 proved there is a market for wp. I trully believe it was those hard nose conservative executives that saw the growth and dismantle the team before wp grew any further cutting off any success. 
  • They could get people to use Windows phones if they tried.  They're not trying.
  • Here's another thing. Continuum isnt really gaining traction because the market wont take anthing MS puts out there seriously. If Samsung puts out DEX and the press fawns over it and promotes how great it is to be able to dock your phone with a desktop experience, the public might warm up to the concept. That leaves MS in the position of saying, Oh, you like that? We do it better.
  • Is it April fools, because someone at WC is fooling around with these S8 articles
  • If we can use "Hey Cortana" instead of Bixby then maybe I would think of changing to Android. I use Cortana often especially while driving to add appointments, make reminders, make phone calls, and all the other stuff Cortana does.
  • It is Android. You will likely be able to set default apps.
  • I have Cortana set as my personal assistant on my Galaxy S7. All I did was set the default app and turn off notifications for the old app.
  • Can you use Cortana "hands free" while driving? Like read incoming texts, make phone calls etc? How crippled is Cortana in Android? Thanks
  • I'm not sure about the "hands free" part as I have Hey Cortana turned off to preserve battery life. I know Cortana is limited when it comes to which apps it interacts with, as you have to sign in with a Microsoft account, but that is really no different than Cortana on the PC.
  • WindowsPhone did the handsfree SMS thing beautifully. Never worked right with WM10 and no matter what apps I try, I can never get it to work with my Galaxy S7 Edge.  Things keep going backwards. :(
  • You can set Cortana as the default assistant for voice controls, but I don't think Samsung is letting users remap the Bixby button. 
  • you can set Cortana as the personal assistant and replace bixby or google now
  • The thin line between 'Need to know' and 'Nice to know'. For me? There is no need.
  • Maybe this is how they got the interview with Dona Sakar.
  • I've known enough... Stop it already 😒
  • I suppose there is no carrier lock on those devices. Not sure what the program options for such phones are in US here over the pond we can get anything that a plan with a phone can give you. It's usually cheaper (you don't pay back the phone) and you have the freedom to choose any device you like with your plan of choice. E.g. there were no carriers selling Lumia 735 when I bought the phone yet I'm here using it happily and I can even change carrier if I find one with a better plan without any fuss.
  • Yes, there is a carrier lock. It is locked to AT&T. 
  • if you pay full retail though at $750 or whatever the amount is you can have it unlocked.
  • Yes and no. It won't be SIM-locked to AT&T anymore, but it will still be on AT&T's software track. Meaning updates have to be approved by AT&T and it includes AT&T's bloatware. 
  • And updates takes 3 months for testing from the lazy att...
  • Holy cripes that phone is expensive. And it's locked? What a useless POC, why would anyone spend that kind of money on a phone and not have the freedom to use it how you want. Americans get gyped on their mobiles.
  • The carriers have payment plans to make it easier for consumers to buy them. That is harder to find with unlocked phones.
  • I should probably mention that phones on Carrier plans are also unlocked here, the way they see it is you are paying them money anyway, so what if you chuck a different sim in there (also it was seemed anti consumer). The only phones that come locked are your cheaper prepaid variety, and even they can be unlocked for a cost.
  • I have a great payment plan that works on every device.  I save up and don't buy it until I have the money.
  • That's actually so weird. In Australia it's the opposite, if you buy a prepaid phone from a provider it's locked (because it's sold at a discounted rate). If you get a phone in a contract (pay in installments over 24 months) it's unlocked.
  • And it has a ****** camera like the s7
  • Camera on S7 is pretty good and there are some weaks under the hood to add some benfitis.
  • It's actually not a **** camera
  • That's called brain washing!
  • Hey guys, have you heard that Microsoft is selling a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone in its retail stores? I think WC should write some articles about it! :D
  • Haha. love this comment.
  • Nutella? Is that you?
  • I love you guys but y'all are breaking our hearts right now
  • No interest in using Android. Will avoid this.
  • You might not have much choice soon.
  • Maybe. But they continue to work on and upgrade Windows 10 Mobile and don't think they'd do that if they were going to ditch it anytime soon.
  • Mixed messaging at it's finest.  Maintain it, but don't promote it.  Support it, but don't sell it.
  • This still doesn't make sense to me.
  • I think Microsoft really has lost the plot. They've lost a lot of respect and confidence in their own OS by selling an Android device.
  • Windows 10 on ARM was demoed on a Snapdragon 820 proc I believe.  The GS8 has an exclusive on SnapDragon 835 for a short time. Surely Microsoft plans to offer an upgrade path to Windows 10 ARM edition this Fall on the GS8.  I'm sure that's what this is all about.  Right?  C'mon guys, right?
  • Nope Samsung won't allow it.
  • Its possible. Samsung and MS are natural allies. Samsung is actually a competitor with google more than it is with MS. 
  • No
  • it is a possibility - if not on S8 then possibly on S8 note or the S9 series.
  • I want to agree with you but I don't know if that's what this is all about. I wish Microsoft would tell us something but because they don't say a thing, it just seems like they are giving up.
  • Its possible. Samsung and MS are natural allies. 
  • Would be nice if they released ROM of sorts to let people that want install W10 on this. Maybe even dual boot.
  • Thats not that easy. You would need Samsung support too (new firmware). You cant just flash the rom and have a working phone
  • Copy & pasted from this week's podcast article: With the idea of Microsoft flashing W10M onto Android phones, there'd be a few big hurdles: -Every phone is a different beast. While each phone may use a Snapdragon processor, they don't all use the same screen, microphones, camera, etc. This is why Google can't just push Android out to each phone at once; it specifically requires code from the manufacturers.  -Who is going to handle warranties? If a customer buys a relfashed W10M device, that's obviously going to be outside the original warranty from the manufacturer. When/if a future W10M update breaks something like Bluetooth, it'll be up to Microsoft to rewrite the custom image for that device.  -Why would a manufacturer want to work with Microsoft on this? This isn't accusing the manufacturers of malice, but Android has the advantage of already having an established consumer base and application store. Windows does not. Android allows manufacturers to make their own customizations to fit the manufacturer's design language and feature set, giving them something to stand out from other phones. Windows does not. Every man hour that an LG or Samsung employee would spend optimizing Windows - as little work as they may have to actually do - would be better spent optimizing that company's version of Android because Android provides a much higher return on their investment.  -The ability to flash a custom ROM is a huge security risk, which is why it takes longer and longer for the Android custom ROM community to break Samsung devices. Samsung's Knox software has already been approved and deployed in enterprise and the Department of Defense, and I very much doubt Samsung would want to give up that revenue stream for a few possible Windows 10 Mobile sales.  -Are there really that many fans that would line up to buy a high end phone, then void their warranty in order to get Windows 10 installed? There's going to be an extra cost on the part of both the manufacturer and Microsoft in terms of developing a ROM for each device, then provide training to employees to backup/restore data correctly and flash the ROM correctly. I know this is a Microsoft comunity and is therefore a bit of a bubble but let's honestly ask ourselves: would there be enough sales to justify the costs to deploying this. 
  • It's just funny that to this day, ppl are still absolutely CLUELESS when it comes to having and using a Microsoft account for using Office or any other Microsoft related services. So, since News of Android being the most widely used OS and the fact that Microsoft holds many patents, the fact that they're doing this isn't completely foreign. They STILL make money AND they can get ppl on board with a majority of their software with services by virtue of familiarizing users with an account to access the array of productivity apps they produce...and fam, if you don't care they WTF are you here??? 🙄
  • I hate what MSFT is doing to Mobile, but as a sock holder... Their stock has doubled the past year and a half.
  • That's not why the stock rose. Layoffs and other cost cutting measures, plus sokme good news with Azure have investors speculating. Stock prices do not necessarily measure how well a company is, doing or will do, moving forward.
  • Official press release was pretty vague but it did say that they would have a special "image" for the GS8.  Image means some sort of "rom" to us techies but there really is no definition of "image".  I severly doubt this has to do with MSFT employees simply installing apps on a phone.
  • Microsoft isn't going to be flashing images after you buy the phone. They are just trying to sound like they are doing more than adding a few apps after the fact. They may have an automated system for adding the apps, but they aren't changing the software.
  • I'm waiting for someone to install windows 10 mobile on this baby.
  • I don't really see a point in rebranding the phone as MS Edition. 🙄
  • They sell it on MS Stores. It 's essencial to have the word 'Microsoft' somewhere in the product name. If not, it looks like it isn't a Microsoft product.  Wait... it isn't!
  • Here's the thing. If I go Android. There's a good chance I'll drop a lot of MS services too. I probably wont keep using Cortana. Its just not as good on Android and Google Now, or whatever its called now is integrated. I've already migrated my contacts to GMail because Outlook doesnt sync contact pictures. Why keep OneDrive as my cloud backup when Google has unlimited photos and doc storage better integrated? I've tried keeping Groove on Android, but it cant play local files. Google music lets me upload all my music and has their own streaming options. This is how it ends for MS. It wont be overnight, but if the mobile war is over and MS is out, I dont see the rest of their ecosystem lasting either (which means it probably isnt doing well right now). Office will still be ok, but Bing, Groove, Onedrive, Skype? Who will use those if they are just a lesser integrated option on other platforms? If your die-hard fans switch to other services, who is left? I see Windows eventually becoming a server OS and for the few who need power workstations. Unless, of course, they have something else up their sleeve...
  • True, I have s7 only ms app on is skype.. My kid love Cortana on s7 he can't say hey Cortana so he hates the phone, lol.. He loves Surface Pro coz he can talk and listen to Cortana sing just by say "hey Cortana"
  • Yeah my kid is the same. He's three and he loves cortana. I had to install it on his galaxy Tab cos he kept saying "hey cortana sing a song" to the YouTube voice search haha
  • 920-1020-950-S8. I'm not sure if I'll drop onedrive and groove for Google's or someone else's equivalent. It's up in the air for sure. I wish WM has made more progress, but it's time to move on from WM as my primary mobile device. Not sure where I'm going with the services part. Probably try out a few. Ideally would stick with MS, but the answer isn't clear for me yet. I'll have to see how it works out.
  • i much prefer to still use groove on my s7 edge and having access to my onedrive both personal and business, btw install launcher 10 and buy the launcher, you will have the look and feel of windows complete with live tiles.
  • In case you don′t know,onedrive,groove and outlook all have android version no'w
  • The problem is they aren't very good. Groove, at least, isn't nearly a good as competing services on Android and lots and lots of people are desperate for a replacement for Android's Outlook. OneDrive is okay unless you expect it to be a decent Photos experience, and you'll find Google Photos to be much better. At that point, you're like... what's keeping me from going all-Google except the visceral hatred of them? It's depressing.
  • One drive works flawlessly on android. No need to dump it. Groove is nowhere near as good as on windows 10 mobile but i still use it on my android.
  • My thoughts exactly. If I have to use an Android phone, why on earth would I use MS apps on it when there are perfectly useable home-baked equivalents available?
  • Yep, that is why Nadella will be known as the man who killed Microsoft.  They never should have killed off Lumia and the low end market.  Just stupid.  What little profit they make on android if any, won't substitute for the loss of the ecosystem.
  • You are clueless. Microsoft's stock has doubled over the past year.
  • Why do people think a stock price means things that it doesnt? Careful what you say after calling someone "clueless".
  • And FYI they make a LOT off android. Do some research grumpy.
  • Because you are already using them and moving all over is just a hassle. That's the reason. Shut up and just use the MS services on your android. you know you will. I am.
  • I'm not. I'm done with MS services. I have time left on my O365, so I guess I'll use OneDrive for a bit, but planning either Amazon Prime Photo or Google Photos for most of my storage and Google Drive/Docs for that stuff. Groove is already gone. I'll do the three month trial of Google Play Music and either keep that out go with Spotify.
  • Cortana does alright on android. Besides, it's on your PC. Why would u switch to Google now? It won't sync your reminders, to do list etc. Cortana on android is actually a lot better than u think
  • Well, this is really ridiculous. In Windows Central podcast Daniel Rubino looks really frustrated from that. Probably all of MS geeks.
  • MIcrosoft selling Android with GooplePlay and Samsung continum copycat. looks like the end of W10M. Maybe they will have a Windows 10 Rom for this in the future. a dual boot would fit perfectly
  • This idea is dumb and self-defeating...like they haven't already defeated themselves already...
  • You know people hate this MS move on s8, when they ask impossible question. Today was talking to a friend (ms fan) about the GS8 and ask if he thinking to buy the Microsoft edition and he ask "does it come with Bing as default?"
  • For all you crabs complaining about android articles on wc,there's windows,Xbox,Microsoft articles on both imore and android central so get over it . You will start to see Apple articles here soon too.
  • Oh we did just yesterday "iCloud" I don't like Android articles on here to honestly, there is Android Central I think it's best place for things Android. Just saying
  • Microsoft store support is a lot better then other places you can buy this phone .I would buy it there for that reason alone.
  • Ah yes, everyday a new S8 article, I wonder what we will get tomorrow.
  • Even in Android Central people get tired of the Samsung Galaxy takeover for a month or so when there's a new one released. I didn't expect the same in here though. Sad times 
  • From Paul Thurrott says that MS is going to provide a customized version of S8
  • And all again there is that "better than continuum" crap again. It has multi window support, but it is not useable wireless, and even if it would run very hot and the battery life would be awful (heat => energy), it needs a dock with active fan (which makes it louder) and the phone needs to be in the dock so if you are called inbetween...? To me that sounds like a bad copy very likely not even a uwp-solution is below that but more like a dualboot/virtualisation of chrome os and android. I mean: Even a s617 is working with continuum nicely, a s835 needs a fan and is hard working? That is not superior to continuum. And everything else is stolen from the hp x3. This is bad copy cat and not an evolution but a step back.
  • Just another boring plastic Galaxy
  • Plastic? Is there any plastic on this phone?!
  • It has an Aluminum frame. I'd rather have Polycarbonate than Aluminum. Is that a glass back? No thanks!
  • Fact: in order for W10/M to work/wanted period, MS has to make the OS likable. Right now there's too much missing or doesn't work as should and that's the hold back. Can you imagine if all that's in the OS right now worked flawlessly on PC+Continuum,Tablet or Mobile at this junction. This Os would be a truly emerging "choice" to what's out right now. The live tiles for some is here or there but with interactive tiles, better customization with font or tile sizes or color with live wallpapers etc, don't think either Android or IOS could touch it. MS has been playing catch up to IOS/Android's simple functionality for too long and when they get somewhere it seems for every rival new update to OS, MS is pushed a step or 3 back. Don't know about the rest of you but I know I'm not that STUPID to know that MS is the creator of this OS and are the ones to blame for any hardships that this very OS has experienced over the years. Why would I swallow that #s are the reason why MS doesn't develop their own apps better on W10/M in comparison to the rival OSes. Why release a "flagship" device in 2015 L950/XL with vastly underdeveloped OS to do what? Push users to IOS and Android to boost their numbers to make the reasoning behind developing for them more feasible?? Why is it taking so long for MS to create an OS that works without all these bugs? If any new car manufacturer came online now do you think that they wouldn't have done all the research needed reviewing all the failures the seasoned manufacturers have experienced that when they release that potential consumers would be motivated to buy and advertise at the same time. My biggest gripe is why is MS taking so long to create an OS that works and stop releasing CU that fix this and break that. When RIM released BB10 was that an issue with it's users? Can't honestly remember anyone saying it was a nightmare, today there are people who still use BB10 on devices and it still works without issue. So why did MS release an OS that they had ALL the ability to get right from the get go. Before the Anniversary update was released there was work being done on Creator's Update and right before Creator's Update is released work is being done on RS3. So all of that says is MS has all of this already in the works and are purposly delaying the advancement of this OS for their own reasoning. Why would any CEO of a multi-billion dollar company stand in front of the world and say that his company is continuing support for a specific area within the company and still doesn't instruct his employees to actually show that from their actions with the stage of developement for that same area. This is all done because he himself doesn't use a W10M or HP EX3, I bet it's an Iphone or GSxxx or Note but with MS applications to say it's still MS oriented. No windows phone user is saying to challenge IOS or Android, what we are saying is give us an experience on our devices that we wouldn't want to leave or rival users can come if so desire because it offers them likewise functionality just with a different more fluid OS.
  • SMH
  • Someone try hacking W10M onto it!
  • Good idea. But since it has the the 835 chip, it'd be better if they could get the full Windows 10 on it like they talked about last December.
  • Im looking for a Android hack for my L950 :)
  • Might be possible and also not, too. Would be great, but might things ever get to this point  nearly every WP user can install (clean) Android? I actually would also to do that so..with my phone.
  • Maybe a harbinger of a closer cooperation in the (far) future? The S8 could potentially also run Windows-on-ARM.
      -  
  • Why promoting SGS8 Microsoft edition, an android phone at W10 Central?! I guess every writer needs to have its own article published...three down, twelve more to go!
  • The beginning of the end for Microsoft mobile efforts. What is this company thinking
  • Nutella is busy thinking about the cloud, stock pricing and how to get that huge million bonus at the end of the year.
  • More like "the end of the end" .  The beginning was buying Lumia and then immediately shutting it down.   The middle was dumping the remaining 950 phones at fire sale prices.   Selling an Android phone is The End. Seems pretty clear to me.  Its all over, folks.  Personally, I have a 920, an Icon and two 1520s.   But I also have a Galaxy S6 and a new S7 edge.    Its easy to see where things are going.  For me at least. 
  • I just don't like android
  • Who does?:))).
  • Today I'm turning off my 650 for good. I've been looking to give it away to one of my friends/family but nobody wants it. I'm going all in with Android. It's a fun capable os with tons of phones to choose from. Windows mobile is just no fun anymore. Not even going to bother with the creators update. I bid you farewell.
  • Sorry for you mister. Sorry for you have not experienced great devices like HP Elite or 950 XL with great continuum and camera functions. Good luck with Android garbage.
  • He will be back! leave that 650 running to receive the creators update .. so when you return youll see what Andriod really is compared to Windows 10 Mobile which is finally evolving!
  • download and buy laucher 10, it is excellent and a very well done launcher, you get live tiles and everything and all the apps you would ever want.
  • If we're going to talk much about Microsoft apps being loaded on an Android smartphone, then do rounds for the new Microsoft-Casio smartwatch licensing deal. I would be more interested in that instead of this GS8 crap. Everyone in WC knows if it's Android, it's crap.
  • Does it run windows 10? Otherwise I don't need it. I have no interrest in devices made to play pokemon like these android / iphone toys. New windows phone thank you. I need my phone for business and nothing else will do.
  • You know what sucks. When you need an app for business and it isn't available. It is a much bigger deal when an app isn't available and you are trying to get work done. That does not happen on iOS or Android. If you really were worried about business, Windows phones would be your last choice. There is nothing Windows phones do better and plenty of things that are worse.
  • unfortunatly i completely agree.  Losing here maps was the first one for me but when something as big as paypal left windows 10, i knew it was time to leave.
  • Article about Android and Galaxy, for the second day in a row. It's a very good reason to just unsubscribe from the mailing list.
  • Where are you ballmer?
  • Buy it from an MS store to support Microsoft? The last thing i would do is buy an android phone to support Microsoft. If I buy an android phone its only because MS screwed up their own mobile os and I definitely will not get it from MS. I will get it anywhere but from MS. I just read the other day that android has more active users on their OS than MS does on theirs. So MS will have to give up the pc market soon as well, its a good thing they help speed things up by selling extra android devices.
  • What I'd like to know is why is Microsoft selling an Android phone instead of promoting a Windows 10 Mobile phone. Every keeps saying it's dead and when Microsoft does **** like this it shows that everyone else was right. So...Microsoft, is Windows 10 Mobile dead or not? If it is dead what other options are you going to provide for mobile users who want to have a continuous experience across their PC and Mobile device? Will it be Windows 10 on ARM like it was talked about that one time that you haven't mentioned since? When will such a device be available for purchase? Are you creating a ROM to install this new OS onto the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the future? A little communication goes a long way.
  • How much more communication do you need?   First, MS buys Lumia and then immediately shuts it down.   Then there was the dumping of the remaining 950 phones at fire sale prices.   Now, selling an Android phone is the clearest message they could possibly send. Its all over.   Open your eyes. Personally, I have a 920, an Icon and two 1520s.   But I also have a Galaxy S6 and a new S7 Edge.    Its easy to see where things are going.  For me at least. 
  • and still microst grrove cant read the asd card on my s7 edge or even have a grrove app for my ipad forcing me to use play.  you are right its easy to see where microsft is going, and i dont think its anywhere at this rate.
  • Groove music on Android sucks! But no one is forcing you to use the horrible Google Play music app. There are hundreds of music apps in the Play Store that put both apps to shame. Power amp, Rocket Player, GoneMad are all superior music apps. That's one of the biggest selling points on Android... you have a choice! 
  • That three month trial is pretty close to forcing me to use Google Play Music, on my new GS8. :)
  • If someone goes into a Microsoft Store looking to buy a mobile I wonder what phone the staff will suggest first - Galaxy s8, HP Elite x3 or the Alcatel? I bet I can guess the answer.
  • Surface Phone...  Wait.. Not available yet. Maybe next year.....
  • Do they even carry those other devices anymore?
  • The x3 is the only phone sold in store
  • FALSE. Did you actually look?
  • While it's probably a given, the author of the article should've asked more about DeX, which is what the whole collaboration between Samsung and Microsoft was about. Will it be in stores on the 21st of April as well? Will it be sold as a bundle with the phone, or as a bundle with a Microsoft keyboard and mouse?
  • The most important question not answered: Why does it not run Windows 10 Mobile? Be a god jurnalist, go and ask at Microsoft. Ask Nadella himself if nobody else answers
  • Because Windows 10 Mobile is dead. It does not sell and has no future. Microsoft isn't going to waste more time on it. Microsoft has been quite transparent about that.
  • Why so many articles from Windows Central bleating about impending doom of W10M. I honestly don’t get it, currently I have 830, 650x2, 640xl, 925(W8.1M) and in past relied on a 720(W8.1M), I can’t make any of them crash.... I really don’t know what people are doing to trigger crashes, which also seem so widely reported by Windows Central. It feels like Windows Central writers are themselves trying to put the boot in on Microsoft. If Microsoft want to sell an Android flagship phone in its store, perhaps it’s actually aimed at Android users who use windows 10 on laptops and not at deterring W10M users at all. Perhaps this is all about just getting android users into Microsoft Stores, and then releasing the surface phone.... Oh look suddenly Android customers realise that whatever faults Android has - Microsoft doesn’t.  Nokia built great Lumia’s hardware, Microsoft 600 series copied that quality. Why do I know this? - ask me how many friends who need to borrow my Windows Phones whilst their Androids or IPhone are in for hardware repair. It happens so often I think there is a business opportunity for renting the windows phones out!!! Sometimes they really don’t wanna return the (backup phone) ... if they are so loyal to Android and Apple.. Why is that? The reality is people largely stick to their known OS for use as a phone tool for convenience. They only hear about crashes and hardware malfunctions from friends on other OSes, so nothing positive comes through word of mouth about alternative OSes. The difference here is Windows Central writers as a news centre for Microsoft seems to enjoy kicking down the product base and those customers who chose to enjoy it. When was the last time an Apple writer was 'squarking' about how bad the Apple experience really is? I’ve never seen it. Windows Central start getting behind the brand by determining possible positives for Microsoft moves before you put pen to paper, Or simply rebrand yourselves as the Windows haters club. I am fed up with your negativisms’.          
  • You never hear Apple journalists complaining about the experience because the experience isn't bad. Did you ever think all these Microsoft journalists are complaining because the experience is bad? When almost every journalist is complaining about your products, maybe it isn't the journalist's fault. Us few Windows fans are the only ones left who care about Windows at all.
  • i went from a iphone 4s to a 5 to a windos lumia 930 and then to a s7 edge.  WQindows os is by far my favorite os, live tiles is fantastic and 1 year ago no one could come close to cortana.  To many apps leaving and microsfts presentation of lack of push has nearly destroyed all use windows mobile fans.  Hell when i owned the 8.1 windows on a 930 the phone and os had caught up with the competition, that was windows opertunity but instead of pushing forward and being what could have been the first mobile wireless payment experience it was rebooted and that reboot caused the windows mobile to suffer baddly.  It suffered cause windows 8.1 did things even iphones didnt do, gestures beta was a great example, yet 2 years later and it still isnt a app or option on the windows 10 platform.  Skype still works better on android lol.  No photo album from facebook with i loved. my lumia 930 still holds up today.  onedrive is great but then restricting people in desktop edge by not alowing the user to open a new tab to their choice of home page is sad.  ie, firefox opera, chrome and even safari all have that option yet microsf tfeels the need to push us into their ways of working and restingness.  no no no.  sort it out microsft. Still windows 8.1 was loved by fans and slated by android and iphone users, truth is it was slaged off by millions of people who hadnt even used it for more than a minute lol.  If they had over half would have loved it.
  • Because the Apple / iphone experience is'nt bad!  thats the difference....the windows 10 mobile system is pure sewage.  It should be canned.  It has no developer support,  no support from microsoft...its just shat!
  • Nice phone, but sadly at the end of the day it's still android.
  • like i have written below put laucher 10 on it and buy it, its fantastic and very well done by the dev, live tiles and runs extremly well. You will hardly know you are running an android phone.
  • So the news, here, is that there isn't much news.  Basically, Microsoft is going to sell a galaxy s8.  Everything is the same - except it may or may not have MS apps pre-installed.  You can't get it (if you wanted to) from anyone but AT&T.  But that really doesn't matter because you can get the same thing from other providers.  We can guess, but don't really know what they are trying to say or do by this.  I see why they haven't made an announcement.  There's not much to tell. My guess is this is about communication.  People go in there, they can see that you can get a popular android phone, and there is someone there to explain that, hey, you can get all these Microsoft products on a popular phone.  But not many people who go in there will be shopping for phones, I would think.
  • Personally I don't like Android format.  I see marked down Chromebooks I still wouldn't buy.
  • s8 plus with windows os= win, s8  plus with microsft bundled apps in android only= sad.  No decent windows phone in market place =Developers leaving windows mobile eco system= android overtaking windows as the dominant os for internet usage.  its that simple to me.  Microsfts continued failer not only in mobile biut also customer suport and their own app development speed and neglect has finally come to a pass, a andoid p[assing windows that is.  Maybe microsft will begin to wake up now, but it feels to late after this day.  Heres still hoping its not but i dont hold only real hope.
  • No decent Win phones? HP? Alcatel? 950?
  • Thanks for writing this, I've been trying to find the pricing info, too bad about the AT&T only variant, was hoping for unlocked.
  • Launcher 10 on my Samsung S7 Edge is actually a thing of beauty if you pay for the app to get the live tiles and stuff, it has the look and feel i like with windows phone and runs extremly well and you get all the apps you want. I would suggest anyone that loves windows phone but are tired of microsoft and if they are gonna switch to android, get this laucher and pay for it, you will never be happier. I have now given up on Microsoft and their phone situation, I have already preordered the S8 and will not look back.
  • IMHO, if you use Microsoft services (like Outlook.com for e-mail/calendar/contacts) you are much better off moving to iPhone rather than Android.
  • Would be nice for MS to just say its over. End this ongoing suffering.
  • Im not suffering...I am thoroughly enjoying my MS services on my iphone.  Plus every other awesome apps I want.  Not to mention how I can use all kinds of wearables and have them work properly
  • OH yeah!  fanboy dilusional downvote!  woot!   
  • Its a phone! Either stick with WP or move to one of the others, no suffering required. 
  • OneCore is the future for Microsoft Microsoft May introduce a winux hybrid filesystem soon 2025 thats the only way to fight and dilute android dominance   if android apps can natively run on winux Os what the point of android as an OS? until then Lumia, surface phone are for the fans and the corporates only
  • A hybrid filesystem does not = running android apps.  And who wants their apps anyway? We need native properly written apps.
  • I don't want Androind. Why not Samsung S8 with Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile?  
  • Because that phone would suck just like the rest of the windows 10 phones for the same reason!
  • Microsoft talking Android phones...Windows Mobile is now dead...this is a clear message ..RIP...Windows 10 mobile has died..time to abandon the sinking ship
  • What about the rumored HP phone? Are MS going to kick HP in the guts also?
  • I don't know that this move really says much of anything about the future of Windows Phone/Mobile (Microsoft has done a horrendous job with naming these products).  Even if Windows Phone/Mobile had 10% market share worldwide, I could see Microsoft making this move to encourage the use of Microsoft services on Android phones with Android's 60% market share or whatever it is.
  • So now they urge Windows Phone uses to try Android. Just so we will se how good/bad it is. Before Microsoft relases the Windows Central famous Surface Phone?
  • Microsoft make me sick. Sorry for being so negative, but this is just another kick in the guts for me by this stupid company. At the end of this year I am cancelling my Office 365 Family subscription. For the past month I have been splitting my time about 50:50 across a dual boot Ubuntu / Windows system and mostly not missing Windows 10 at all.  Most things can now be done in the cloud and who needs Windows 10 for that? My daughter just abandoned Windows 10 mobile and moved to Huawei. My Mac friend who has used Macs for decades is now talking of moving from Apple to Linux for a variety of reasons, one being that Apple is not paying their due tax here in New Zealand. I have really tried to like Microsoft in recent years, having been burned over and over int he 90s. But even with that clown Ballmer gone, the culture of stupid still seems to be alive and well :-(
  • Wait for Jason Ward to come n convince as to how this is good.
  • Hmmmm? Not good but I guess we'll have to wait and see, but then again that's getting a bit old. Maybe when Redstone comes out. Maybe when Redstone 2 comes out. What now? Maybe when Redstone 3 comes out. I'm getting to old to continue to wait I want what I want and I want to enjoy it now. :o)
  • WTF??? So there's absolutely nothing "Microsoft" about it.  Why even call it a "Microsoft Edition"????  
  • Agreed, what's with the Microsoft Edition???? my ass it is.
  • Its to try to sucker in the fanboys.   Simple.
  • That's interesting and I find this to be very ironic indeed...Why wouldn't they simply test to see if the Creators Update would run well on this device and release a S8 and S8+ with that installed. Selling an Android phone in a Microsoft store is like admitting defeat and this will only prove to confuse those who are Windows 10 Mobile enthusiasts. Despite being an Android user myself, I find this to be a silly choice on the part of Microsoft.
  • No way Samsung would let Microsoft install Creator's Update on these phones. Microsoft was defeated in the mobile space years ago.  It's high time they admitted it.  For Microsoft, this is about making it easier for people to use Microsoft services on Android phones.  The trouble is, Microsoft services do not integrate will into the Android experience, in my view.  Microsoft services work better on iPhones.
  • Hahah, I realise this only because their last attempt to market Windows Mobile failed for the most part...Also, Microsoft only failed because they didn't have a long term strategy and released much too soon. Also canning several OS versions, basically making developers hesitant to support a Platform doesn't help either.
  • Ehe... Windows are working together with Anndroid...looks like things are getting new partner relationship. Here might get a live brand new mix phone made by Microsoft and Android:)
  • App gap finally solved! 
  • Ivan told us that Microsoft currently has no plans to offer Sprint or T-Mobile versions of the GS8 Microsoft Edition. If the above statement is true then T-Mo and Sprint better hurry up and merge so they can bring their combined customer base up to 100M users so that they have clout with the phone manufacturs.
  • Jokers :)
  • Damn, and I am stuck with my 800 euro X3 on that crap Microsoft platform while everyone else is buying the s8. 😀
  • same thing happened to me... but Ive got money so one week from now.. I will have this baby at home :))
  • Crap? Maybe you just don't know how to use it. GREAT device.
  • In other news Apple stores begin selling the HP Elite X3 ;)
  • Also, Microsoft reps in stores selling the device will help new owners install a wider variety of Microsoft Android apps YOU MEAN I HAVE TO STAND THERE AND WAIT FOR THE DAMN THINGS TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL!? THIS IS THE LITERALLY DUMBEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD. 
  • Or you can just tell them that you are in a hurry and will install yourself
  • In which case WHY ARE YOU AT A MICROSOFT STORE BUYING THIS DAMN PHONE?
  • Because if it is like the location near me, the customer service at the MS store is better than the AT&T store and the wait is always less.  While the MS Store does not always rank high on CS, they are WAY better than my experience at any AT&T location thus far.  I was going this route anyway so better for me to get it at the MS store.   Just hope they offer the Microsoft Care on these phones as well.
  • Customer service at MS Sydney store is excellent.
  • Exactly, how ******* stupid. What's 'Microsoft' about it? Marketing people are so annoying and their idiotic ideas.
  • Perhaps MSFT is mentally preparing the public for its own future forked version of android, which could look quite like current 10 mobile, for regular smartphones which will coexist with more expensive full windows 10 on ARM surface phones...after they end support for windows mobile...
  • Humm.... I noticed the GS8 to be about 10x more expensive than my L640. Gotta wonder if it's 10x more phone. For me, no. Of course, YMMV
  • Microsoft is jumping out of the window.
  • Microsoft is switching to Android :P
  • This makes me feel disgusted as one of those 1% hanging on.
  • $849.99?? No thank you
  • okay..get it..you want us to move to android. my lovely lumia 730 broke today..and I am moving to android.
  • an iPhone screenshot from the author, though
  • i gotta be crazy to spend that sort of money on S8, my 950 XL works fine thank you.
  • I just got one coming from the 950 XL and it does everything better and more. I'm very happy I switched
  • Sticking with my HP ELITE X3 & 950XL. No complaints so far.
  • I just switched and this phone is awesome. The OS is great too, though I miss the look of WM. Everything is light years faster than my 950 XL. Browsing, pictures, store downloads, UI, etc. I'm glad I switched and only wish MS would have put out a better effort.
    I didn't want to go to Android but for now, in very glad I did. This phone is hands down a better experience than I've ever had with Windows phone. Feature rich and did I mention how fast and slick everything is?
  • Same. Just got it on Wednesday and it's amazing how much faster and smoother it is than my 950. And to finally be using current and updated versions of apps, there just isn't a comparison. I never wanted to leave WM, but for now I'm happy I did. 
  • Had my s8 plus since yesterday and loving it but did a side by side comparison of the Iris scanners with my 950xl and couldn't believe the 950xl was faster there. About the only place but I was shocked none the less
  • I have a Galaxy S7 and I prefer my Windows 640 phone as my daily driver.It just works better in the car.
  • HP Elite is better than this phone.
  • Faster, for now...just wait.
  • I'll check this out tonight at MS store In San Fran. The black only color is a turn off and AT&T Carrier Lock is another not to buy this phone! 
  • Can't believe carriers lock these phones in the states. Thy aren't allowed to do this in most other countries.
  • Well I went to the Store last night and did not expect what I saw: - Both G8 and G8+ were on display. They feel nice to hold them. But I didn't see any microsoft apps on them! disappointing. - From talking to two workers there, I came to the conclusion that they basically treat these samsung phones as any other windows phones.....so one more phones to sell...this time is a different android phone! So they're selling another phone vs a new phone with MS apps on them.  - When I asked why MS apps are not installed on these phones, the answer was they just got the phone and did not have time to do so which is really not a good excuse.... Again it seems that they just want to sell the phone and if the customer is not someone aware of MS apps for these phones, they would not offer to install apps on the sold phones.  - I did not see any AT&T logo on the phone. They said the phones are locked to At&t but MS store plan to sell the international unlocked  versions in about a month or so. I will go there again in a few days to find out more...  
  • I think I ll wait for iPhone 8 Microsoft edition...
  • Some idiot at Redmond thought this up. I hope Satya and the entire management team get taken out by a fan ghost recon team. For real.
  • Yeah. Nutella is useless and should be sacked.
  • What would be cool is a GS8, running Android but with a Windows 10-style launcher unique to MS stores. It would be interesting to see how that would sell!
  • Instead of Arrow launcher, they could have a WP8 / WP 10 style, that was way better.
  • It would be nice. In the meantime Launcher 10 is a very good alternative
  • Everything you need to know : It's not running Windows 10 mobile, therefore it sucks
  • Windows 10 Mobile has sucked under this leadership...so I guess "the irony".
  • I'm waiting for Christmas to get the Playstation : Microsoft Edition.
  • I know, right?  And I've got my preorder in for the MacBook Pro: Microsoft Edition.  It's not running Windows 10, just MacOS with Office preinstalled.  Winning!  Right?  Uhh, guys, right?
  • MS is doing this to get traffic into their stores. I think it's a good idea. Especially since OneDrive uploads, Cortana assistant all work seamlessly on android. You can have the windows experience in an android wrapper. So windows is still on your brain... While being excited for other features android offers. Meanwhile MS is fine-tuning windows phone. Its pretty obvious considering you have to get it at the store. Duh... This is to get people to see the beauty in the Surface line. Ah yes and this could be to help them stall till the Surface phone comes out. Look wider, folks. Stop being narrow minded.
  • Yes, Look wider and tell what special Surface Phone is going to do what others are not doing today?
  • I understand your point but if you are an Android fan, why would you bother going to a MS store to buy your Android phone, unless it was the only place to get it - which it is not.
  • Uhh, no kidding.  I mean unless Microsoft suspected the GS8 would be so wildly successful that it would be sold out everywhere.  Everywhere that is, except for Microsoft Stores.  Cunning like a fox! Uhh, or something... Maybe by selling Android phones, they'll get support from Google (apps on Windows 10/Mobile?) Or maybe Samsung won't outright kill the Harmon-Kardon Cortana speaker deal, at least for a couple of months.  Or...something?  
  • Not everybody that buys a phone is a fan of one OS over another. They just want something that works, doesnt severly limit there choice of apps and allows them to be productive. An GS8 running Android loaded with Windows apps fits that bill nicely.
  • Microsoft is making money on Android handset and losing money on Windows 10 phone. So if you are Microsoft what would you do? Remember the sole purpose of any business is to make money. Nothing else. Definitely, not there for their fans unless the fans are spending millions of dollers in every possible ways. Not ******** at them at every turns and not paying their due. I don't mind buying Microsoft S8 if they could make it worth my while like bundling their Office 365 subscription for 2 years.
  • Hah, I'd stay with the Google/Samsung Apps version thanks...Microsoft still needs to refine their offerings before I'd even care. It might be wiser for Microsoft to persuade Samsung to make a real Microsoft Edition and install Windows 10 Mobile on it. That might actually promote Windows 10 and show it off wonderfully. Doubt it would ever happen, though I would like it too. As having multiple options is a good thing.
  • The Ativ S.....
  • Samsung is probably worth more then Microsoft, you know they make military vehicules right? 😂
  • I wish Tata of India would establish a company to make a WP! Massive clout behind them.
  • Windows Mobile isn't compatible with this hardware.
  • Should be a trade in option too........
  • Microsoft piggybacked onto the Samsung Galaxy S* and S*+ because Microsoft makes more Apps for the Android phones, than for their own mobile devices. I just got my new Samsung galaxy S*+ and its rocks, it uses, Android and helps with the installation of additional Microsoft Apps not already installed, you really DON'T NEED MICROSOFT in the process at all. Microsoft is becoming more useless every day. I thought I'd never leave Microsoft, they did everything they could to force customers away. Guess when you have upwards of $900 Billion Dollars stashed in banks around the world, you really don't care about the customers who made it all possible. Oh, and I'm even getting the FREE VR Gear from Samsung, because I pre-ordered, received my notice yesterday. SO COOL !!!!
  • Soon. Windows 10 mobile ROM available for Samsung galaxy S8.... And still waiting for OnePlus 3 Windows rom 😜
  • huh? I was just in the Durham, NC store 2 dys ago and they had a GS7 there. How can this be the first android phone they sell in the store?
  • They never actually sold the GS7 though... it was just there for demo purposes of showing Office running on all platforms.  They had a HP Elite, iPhone 6S, and GS7 running the Office apps.
  • If Windows 10 Mobile is so great why doesn't Samsung make a S8 Windows10 phone?
  • The GS8 hardware isn't compatible.
  • Like I said in another comment Windows Central needs to change name to Y'ALL CENTRAL.
    Substance of articles do not fit anymore. It's becoming more about other companies.
  • just make an android fork already, if they promise me I wont see the word google EVER I would seriously consider it
  • This 100%.
  • Apple, Microsoft and Google all has their share of problem. No need to single out just Google for your hate.
  • Deffinately agree with loosing Google.  So tired of it.
  • I can't help but wonder...did the Microsoft employees need to be trained on Android in order to be able to provide the assistance needed to educate Windows Phone users on how to find and download all the Microsoft apps on an Android system?
  • They were already using Android.
  • That is what I expect to be the sad truth
  • This might have been interesting if you could walk in and buy an unlocked phone and walk out. I'm not buying any more carrier locked phones unless its an iPhone where the updates arent held hostage by the carriers.
  • I would not mind buying this but I want to be able to download a shell that would put Live Tiles as the start screen something that should be possible... I understand if you can't beat the appstore then join them but give us the software to make it's distinction of Microsoft.
  • There are many Android launchers that do just that.
  • Try "Launcher 10" for Android.  It is not free, but for $10, you get basically a Windows 10 interface, Live tiles for certain apps, and decent battery life (which is relative with Android).  I have had it a couple days and like it better than Arrow, which was my previous launcher.   If Samsung/MS would bring out a S8 running Windows 10, I would drop this LG V20 in a heartbeat.  MIss my ATIV SE.
  • Does it come with Windows 10? Nope so don't need to read further or even consider buying one.
  • The S8 and S8+ install a special Microsoft Image for the phone when you set it up. The various Microsoft Apps including Cortana mapped to the home button, Arrow launcher.
  • What's with the Click bait? This article has told us nothing that had not been written before. At least provide a write up or demo after purchase ;-). Something first hand.
  • Must be some sort of deal between MS and Samsung and Android. If MS can sell a certain amount of S8 phones with Android they might help MS with installing Windows OS on a select few Samsung phones and android helps with the app gap. Still want a 1050xl with 41mp
  • Had the S8 for less than 12 hrs and I am sending it back, going back to a Samsung ATIV SE. Thought I was losing my mind with "Droid"!
  • So over this. So odd selling this in store. What are they thinking?
  • Stupid idea
  • Jesus, there are a lot of Android fans here. What the f for? Go away! Nothing better to do?
  • Go away with this sh*t.
  • Such emotion over a phone.
  • Stupid ******* microsoft
  • There's already reports of the S8 having issues with a red tint on the screen. Samsung CQ strikes again.
  • MS have to make sure that Office remains the preferred solution in mobile even if it isn't on their own OS. I expect this is a holding ground strategy. I would put Android as being the biggest threat to W10, the other is in a world of their own and could easily be left behind in terms of being future proof. By MS getting all their apps on Android and IOS it will slow ir stop people changing to Google docs while they get their act together for the release of their much anticipated ultimate mobile device. Perhaps this is why we don't see alot of W10M app releases, development is focussed on the apps for the ultimate device that will be released complete. The apps we do see are last to market cos they don't really have to be ready until the UMD release.
  • Bugger. When I read the article's title I got my hopes up that Samsung was working on a Windows phone so I would know where to go should my 950 die on me. I'm not a Samsung fan. Far from. But at the moment HP seems to be the only one working on a smart phone that runs under Windows Mobile. Unfortunately, the price it comes at does NOT agree with my budget :(
  • There is a rummor actually: https://thewincentral.com/rumor-samsung-ativ-s8-galaxy-s8-with-windows-1...
  • pathetic MS.
  • "There's already reports of the S8 having issues with a red tint on the screen. Samsung CQ strikes again." Yeah, but they built an update for that!
  • I'm another who has zero interest in an Android phone, despite knowing MS in mobile is over. I'll stick with iOS and avoid everything Google. Since I can't look forward to some dynamite Surface phone, I'm anxious for iPhone 8.
  • Every time someone on an android phone uses cortana or a bing search, a google fairy looses its wings. 
  • I got a chance to see the S8 at the ATT store on Wednesday...a very pretty phone, but oddly shaped. I compared it to my 1520 and realized that the screen is taller, but it's also thinner. I was a bit annoyed with it when comparing. The security guard was more impressed with the 1520 than the GS8 for the same reason. I'll wait for the next Note.