For some reason, Microsoft is accepting pre-orders for Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones in its US retail locations, with the promise of handing you a Microsoft Edition device.
It’s as absurd as it sounds.
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The phone you’ll get on April 21 is pretty much the same as the standard S8, except that a store employee will unbox the handset, connect to Wi-Fi and load up a bunch of Microsoft apps – including Office, OneDrive, Cortana and Outlook – before handing it to you.
There’s really no need for this; Samsung has been bundling certain Microsoft apps like Skype and OneDrive on its devices since the launch of the S6, and it could’ve just pre-installed these other ones as well. And of course, there’s nothing stopping you from downloading these apps on your own time.
The only reason I can think of for buying an S8 at a Microsoft store is if the lines there are shorter than other outlets carrying the device.
Thanks for nothing, Microsoft.