The agreement is the latest in a series of licensing deals Microsoft has reached in order to get more of its software on phones in exchange for use of the company’s patents.
Microsoft and Lenovo on Tuesday announced a deal that will place some Microsoft applications on mobile devices built by the Chinese hardware maker.
Lenovo, the world’s largest PC maker, will put Microsoft Office, OneDrive cloud file storage, and Skype chat service on some of its devices that use the Google-controlled Android mobile operating system.
The deal also included a patent licensing provision that will allow Lenovo to use Microsoft-owned technology on Lenovo- and Motorola-branded devices.
The agreement is the latest in a series licensing deals in which Microsoft has used its massive stack of technology patents, including some important to Android, to get hardware makers to load their smartphones with Microsoft software.
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Samsung and Microsoft announced a similar deal last year, after the two companies settled a major patent lawsuit.