Microsoft is partnering with Cyanogen – which makes the modified Android build Cyanogen OS that runs on devices like the OnePlus One – to make some headway into Google’s territory. The partnership will see several Microsoft apps preloaded onto its OS from later this year – a move clearly aimed at locking Android users into Microsoft’s services, rather than Google’s.
Some of the preloaded apps include Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Office. Microsoft is covering all its bases – each of these apps has a popular Google counterpart. For the tinkerer’s out there, it’s worth noting that Cyanogen OS is distinct from the open-source CyanogenMod custom ROM, which predates its commercial brother by many years.