Cyanogen, which produces a spin-off of the Android operating system, has partnered with Microsoft, which will supply future versions of the OS with apps based around its own services. Cyanogen doesn’t integrate Google’s services such as Maps and Gmail into its software, but will now add Microsoft’s utilities as standard.
The press release states we should expect “productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services on Cyanogen-powered phones in the future.. Additionally, Microsoft will create new, native apps designed for Cyanogen, which it says will “enable a powerful new class of experiences.” Cyanogen’s software has been installed on devices from manufacturers including Alcatel OneTouch, OnePlus, and Micromax.
Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, said:
“People around the world use Cyanogen’s operating system and popular Microsoft services to engage with what matters most to them on their mobile devices. This exciting partnership with Microsoft will enable us to bring new kinds of integrated services to mobile users in markets around the world.”
Peggy Johnson, EVP at Microsoft, added:
“We aspire to have our tools within arm’s reach of everyone, to empower them in all aspects of their lives. This partnership represents another important step towards that ambition. We’ll continue to deliver world-class experiences across productivity and communications on Windows, and we’re delighted that Cyanogen users will soon be able to take advantage of those same powerful services.”
Microsoft has several apps which will be ideally suited to Cyanogen’s needs, including its own Bing search engine, Skype, OneDrive, Outlook, and the Microsoft Office suite. Prior to the announcement of the deal, Microsoft was linked with investment in Cyanogen, but wasn’t present in the official list, while CEO McMaster controversially stated he wanted to take Android away from Google – making his intentions concerning the future of the OS clear.