Microsoft Corp. and Acer Inc. announced the expansion of their global partnership eyed to bring Microsoft mobile productivity services to more consumers.
From the second half of 2016, Acer will begin pre-installing Microsoft services and apps on its portfolio of Android smartphones and tablets. Specifically, customers will benefit from the productivity tools including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on select Android smartphones and tablets from Acer.
The patent agreement is an example of the role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.
More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.