Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Apr 2015 12:25 UTC

Rumors of a Microsoft and Cyanogen partnership have been making the rounds recently, and the Android mod maker is confirming them today. In an email to The Verge, Cyanogen says it's partnering with Microsoft to integrate the software giant’s consumer apps and services into the Cyanogen OS. Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office will all be bundled later this year. As part of the partnership, Microsoft has committed to creating "native integrations" on Cyanogen OS.

"Taking Android away from Google" to give it to Microsoft. Will these people never learn?

Cyanogen just signed its own death warrant with this. I knew Cyanogen would be going down the drain the moment they started courting venture capitalists.

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There is a lot to investigate. As a free market lover, you should know that in a free market, nor the consumer, nor the seller can actually force the market, which is against any profit searching entreprise's desire. This is also the reason why it is in a companies' interest to gain a dominant position, enabling it to dictate its own rules on to the market (and users).
One of the few duties of any government is to make sure that a company does not try to use a dominant position in one market (which it gained by having the better solution for that market), to force itself upon other markets.

Maps and search are good, gmail (the app) is ok (but there are way better alternatives) and the application play store just has the content, those are to me the only interesting google apps on android (of course, can't have any of the above without also having play films, hangouts, play games, play kiosk, google+, foto's, play books, play music (or whatever there service is called this week,...). They should at least leave the option to completely uninstall any and all google apps and or OEM apps as desired, because what to me is a great app, to you might seem bad. Users' choice you know, as in free market. It is after all a smart and adaptable operating system, which allows you to enhance the experience by installing and uninstalling desired applications. I see no reason why these apps need to be forced upon users (I have the same gripes with all the apple apps as well btw, I had a special folder called: apple crap, to put all apple stuff that I didn't use in.

And no, the ability to uninstall an app does not limit Google or another company to create new API's and enabling them to users. Dependency resolution is a problem that's been solved in Linux for ages. If an app needs certain libraries and API's the application store can install the necessary libraries when needed, and on demand, instead of having this monolithic bloc of application bundles...

As far as I can read, this is exactly what Cyanogenmod is trying to do. Giving the users the choice, you're not forced to use the MS apps, but they happen to be the only ones available for now. Hopefully, other companies will jump on it.

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