The company has revealed that several smartphones and tablets from Xiaomi will soon ship with MS Office and Skype preloaded.
Microsoft announced that as it expands its global partnership with Xiaomi, the firm s productivity suite of apps - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Skype - will come preinstalled on a number of devices from the Chinese manufacturer, including the Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3, and Redmi 3, starting this September.
Some reports say Xaiomi purchased the 1500 patents from Microsoft, while others claim it was a traditional licensing agreement.
Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi, said they represent an important step forwards to support Xiaomi s expansion internationally."
"As demonstrated by this agreement with Microsoft, Xiaomi is looking to build sustainable, long-term partnerships with global technology leaders, with the ultimate goal of bringing the best user experience to our Mi fans."
Despite a recent IDC report that showed Xiaomi has been pushed off the top five biggest smartphone makers list, the company still holds a huge share of the worldwide market, mostly because of its popularity in China.