Microsoft has confirmed that Sony and LG will pre-install Office and Skype software packages on Android-based tablet hardware.
Microsoft has now added LG and Sony to a list that already includes Samsung and Dell, and many more smaller international firms.
"Additional global and local OEM partners, including LG, Sony, Haier, Positivo and Wortman, will make Microsoft productivity applications and services available on their Android tablets," announced the firm in an Official Microsoft Blog post.
"These 31 partners will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype in the near future. They will be available on a new LG tablet, and Sony will include them on its Xperia Z4 tablet in the next 90 days."
Microsoft is confident about the opportunities that wide Office availability gives its customers and users of Android tablets.
The agreements also offer additional revenue opportunities for vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), according to Microsoft.
"Our strategic agreements with these partners demonstrate how Microsoft is leveraging the scale of the hardware ecosystem, and working with partners in new ways to deliver rich experiences to our customers," explained Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the company's OEM division.
"This is a cornerstone of our cross-platform services strategy, to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device.
"By pre-installing Microsoft software and services solutions on Android tablets, our partners are able to increase the value of those devices by delivering the rich productivity experiences customers want.
"In addition, partners will be able to take advantage of opportunities to realise new revenue streams."
The firm has already released a public preview of Office for Android on smartphones, and said that the new additions will give users even more flexibility when working with their peers on their Android device of choice.
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