Cyanogen OS to bundle Microsoft apps from later this year

Cyanogen has just announced that it will be joining hands with Microsoft to bundle the tech giant’s services into its operating system. As per the announcement, the first Cyanogen OS bundled with Microsoft’s services will arrive later this year. The operating system (which is still based on open source Android) from Cyanogen will come with Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office as a part of this partnership.


Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster once made the statement that his company will try to “take Android away from Google” because Android usually comes bundled with a host of Google services. Well, these apps will be replaced by Microsoft’s services. Cyanogen recently received $80 million in funding and is working constantly to provide its OS to as many people as possible.

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,” is what Kirt McMaster had to say about the deal.

The details of the deal, haven’t been fully revealed yet. However, it is a known fact that Microsoft is moving towards an open source environment where it is constantly working on providing its services across all platforms, be it Windows, Android, or iOS. On the other hand, Cyanogen is constantly increasing its user base by tying up with OEMs to launch devices with its operating system.

OnePlus One, one of the most popular devices globally, comes with Cyanogen OS and YU’s all devices in future will make use of its operating system. It has also tied up with Alcatel to launch a device based on Cyanogen, which will be launched in the US. Let us wait and watch what fruit this deal bears.


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April 16, 2015 10:22 pm 10:22 PM
Google services are way better as they provide caching and peering on all of their websites. Uploading a 1GB file to the Google drive just takes around 10 mins. Wonder how long will it take to upload on Onedrive. I don’t think Microsoft has partnered with ISPs to allow peering. Google will undoubtedly remain unharmed by this move and Cyanogen will lose its fan base. One thing they can do is just make different zip packages for gapps and Microsoft apps so that the end user can flash the apps they require. If its a gapps fan he will flash… Read more »
April 17, 2015 1:05 am 1:05 AM

Isn’t this against net neutrality?

April 18, 2015 8:04 pm 8:04 PM

Yes it does, a similar case happened in the US where telecom operators started asking Netflix to pay more to ensure a smooth service to the end users since Netflix’s traffic used to clog up network.

April 16, 2015 10:08 pm 10:08 PM

Off topic but why do you hate Google? It’s way better than Microsoft in cloud services. Yes, priacy

April 16, 2015 8:01 pm 8:01 PM

One of the main reasons I liked cyanogen os apart from its customisability was it’s lack of bloatware, but with this move they are losing their edge. I already have the Google bundled apps deactivated now I’ll have to deactivate some more.

April 17, 2015 1:07 am 1:07 AM

One drive and one note are good, if you are into cloud storage thing

April 17, 2015 11:28 am 11:28 AM

I have 30GB storage space on my Google drive, don’t think I need more.

April 17, 2015 11:19 pm 11:19 PM

I use Microsoft apps on my Yureka on a regular basis. They are much better than its Google counterparts. I have 130 GB of space in my OneDrive account. And believe me, OneDrive is far easier to handle than Google Drive.