On May 31, 2016, Microsoft announced that they will be conducting a cross-license and patent transfer agreement with China-based smartphone giant, Xiaomi.
One big change that Xiaomi users will be experiencing will be the shipping MIUI with various Microsoft products such as Skype and Microsoft Office built in, opening a whole new possibility for Xiaomi users to merge their daily computer tasks onto their phones or tablets.
“As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans.” commented Xiaomi’s senior vice president, Xiang Wang.
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According to Microsoft, when you buy a new Xiaomi device starting in September, they will all be with all the regular Microsoft apps that you can find on your Windows device.
“This agreement builds on the companies’ partnership with Windows 10 on Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service. Partnerships with companies such as Xiaomi are central to Microsoft’s strategy to work with industry leaders around the world to meet the needs of joint customers.” stated Microsoft.
Will MIUI users love the new pre-installed apps, or will they envy them like Windows users hate Windows Live integration?
As long as Microsoft does not fully integrate Windows Live Microsoft accounts into MIUI, there should be a lot of positive comments and attitude towards the latest Xiaomi devices.