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Galaxy Note 8 is the latest Android phone to go on sale at Microsoft’s stores

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 has assimilated a handful of other phones at, of all places, the Microsoft Store. Both the online store and brick-and-mortar locations have the handsets, both unbarred and carrier-branded; today, they’re $780, with a unchanging cost of $930.

The Note 8 joins the Galaxy 8 and 8+ as good as Razer smartphone; Microsoft is selling all 4 Android handsets, alongside 3 Windows Phone inclination (including the HP Elite x3, newly accessible to Verizon). Why is Microsoft selling Android handsets? Well, the company says, you can run Microsoft Launcher, a home screen/app launcher deputy for Android, along with all of Microsoft’s other Android apps, such as Office, Cortana, and Skype.

This represents Microsoft’s fallback position in the smartphone market. If people won’t buy phones with Microsoft’s handling system, the company will at slightest try to get people using Microsoft’s apps on their phone. Redmond is also trying to use these apps to urge the Windows 10 user experience. If you use the full operation of Microsoft software, you get some accessible additional capabilities, such as the ability to open a webpage on the PC from your phone, with much deeper formation betrothed soon.

While many of the apps (except Launcher) are also accessible on iOS, they are, at slightest in some ways, better on Android. That’s since Android offers deeper formation and customization capabilities to third-party applications.


Microsoft can still earn a few pennies from this, too; lighting up the full operation of Office for Android facilities requires an Office 365 subscription. But it all falls a prolonged way brief of using an tangible Microsoft phone; Launcher isn’t bad, but it’s not a patch on the Windows Phone interface with its live tiles. And on many phones, the styling is all over the place; you’ve got Google apps with Material design, Microsoft’s apps with their identical but opposite Windows-like styling, and then whatever apps your phone’s OEM has bundled. I’ve been using the Microsoft apps on a Huawei Mate10 Pro, and Huawei’s built-in software, such as its phone dialer, sticks out like a bruise thumb, with icons and an interface that demeanour like zero else in the handling complement (other than Huawei’s other apps).

The phones Microsoft is selling are differently run-of-the-mill Android handsets. Aside from their surprising vendor, there’s zero special about them. If Microsoft’s pricing and accessibility works good for you, the Microsoft Store is as good a place as any to buy them. But you’re not blank out if you don’t.

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