This is turning out to be a big week for Cyanogen. Just days after announcing the release of the Lollipop-based Cyanogen OS 12, the company has revealed a partnership with Microsoft.
Cyanogen and Microsoft have struck a deal that’ll see Microsoft apps and services integrated into Cyanogen OS, including Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Office. In addition to including these apps in Cyanogen OS, the partnership will see Microsoft “create native integrations” in Cyanogen OS.
Cyanogen previously said that it wants to “take Android away from Google,” and so integrating Microsoft’s apps and services into its own custom version of Android is one way to create a version of the OS that’s less dependent on Google apps and services. At first blush, it may sound kind of strange that a company with an Android-based OS is teaming up with Microsoft to integrate Bing and more into its software, but we’ve seen similar moves from other companies lately, like with Samsung and its integration of Microsoft apps on the Galaxy S6.
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