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Microsoft pursues Android users, preloading Office on Samsung, Dell tablets

Mark Hachman | March 25, 2015
If it can't sell customers on Windows, Microsoft's Plan B has been to bring its services to other platforms. On Monday it did just that, porting Office to Android tablets made by Samsung, Dell, and others.

So, is this bloatware?

Interestingly, a report on the XDA developer forums that surfaced recently says that Samsung is getting rid off most of the annoying "Samsung" and "Galaxy"-branded apps on the S6 and S6 Edge, a response to customers who didn't have any use for the apps and couldn't uninstall them. Some of the apps now include a "Delete" option next to them, according to the report.

Following the Superfish debacle at Lenovo, PCWorld dug into the software preloaded on many retail PCs, determining the worst PC makers for shipping bloatware. By preloading Office, some will undoubtedly say that Microsoft, Dell, Samsung, and the other hardware makers are doing exactly the same thing.

Fortunately,  Microsoft says that you will be able to uninstall the preinstalled Office apps, making them, at worst, an annoyance.

"Yes, customers may delete the pre-installed apps if they would like," Microsoft said in a statement. "However, we've seen overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers as we've brought Office apps to all platforms. Over a billion people around the world use Office and they want a seamless experience across devices and platforms."

 

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