Not longer after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, some interesting news had been wandering there regarding a possible “Microsoft Edition” of the phones. It turned out that the announcement was actually something little more than a promotional campaign to get people to buy the mobile phones from Microsoft stores.
Actually, those who have already bought the phone from Microsoft’s stores have got access to some of Microsoft’s productivity software once those mobile phones are connected to a Wi-Fi network.
According to a spokesperson while talking at the time of the phone’s launch said, a Microsoft customization has been applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition, while the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi, he also added that this customization does ensure customers a best-in-class productivity experience with Microsoft apps such as Office, OneDrive, Cortana, Outlook and some others.
Given that a range of people enjoy various productivity software of Microsoft, there was no such thing that could be taken as really wrong with this move.
The mobile phones bought from Microsoft were identical to those who bought anywhere else and Microsoft’s software could be uninstalled in case it was not wanted.
The amusing bit of news arrives half a year later courtesy of Windows Central’s Al Sacco, who reports that personally he was recently contacted by Samsung according to original story on the Microsoft-branded S8. Samsung is apparently late to the game and it has decided that it would clarify that there are no “Microsoft Edition” S8s.
According to a Samsung representative who told Windows Central said
“Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note8 devices are available in the Microsoft online and retail stores with a unique Microsoft experience which ensures their customers, particularly small-to-midsize business owners and entrepreneurs, a best-in-class productivity experience,” the representative also said Windows Central that “There is not a ‘Microsoft Edition’ brand of any Samsung Galaxy products.”
However, We are not sure what was the anticipation of Samsung to accomplish with this late announcement. In case the company was concerned about potential brand confusion, then it would have become more sensible to make this announcement near the launch of the device. At this point, it is too late to really do anything and it serves to confuse the issue more than anything else. A range of people have likely forgotten that the “Microsoft Edition” S8s were at some point a topic of discussion until Samsung made this announcement and made that topic to be recalled.