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Lenovo-Microsoft to Preload Apps on Upcoming Android Devices; Acuqires Genee

At Beijing, Lenovo taking further its strategic alicance with Microsoft, agreed to offer Microsoft’s productivity apps, including Office, OneDrive, and Skype, on select Lenovo devices running the Android mobile operating system.

The deal is expected to affect “millions” of Android-based devices that Lenovo would sell in the next several years.

Lenovo had acquired Motorola from Google in early 2014, and Microsoft since then pursuing licensing agreements for patents that the Redmond company holds on parts of the Android OS.

“Installing Microsoft apps and services on our devices will bring additional value to consumers around the globe,” Christian Eigen, Leader of Corporate Alliances, Lenovo said

In addition, Microsoft also acquires “Genee”, a scheduling service powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Microsoft said that it will integrate the company into its Office 365 team.

Genee co-founder Charles Lee said that the company’s team will “take the valuable experiences and lessons that you taught us to Microsoft, where we’ll continue to build amazing next generation intelligent experiences”.

Echoing those sentiments, Microsoft said that “the Genee team will help us further our ambition to bring intelligence into every digital experience.”

Genee launched just two years ago with the simple intent of making it easier for people to schedule or reschedule meetings. The service uses natural language processing, AI and chat bots to allow users to ‘conversationally’ ask Genee to help arrange meetings or calls between even large groups of people, with tasks such as adding meetings to calendars, and emailing meeting invites to each attendee, handled automatically.

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