Samsung Galaxy S9 plus
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Yesterday we spotted that Microsoft has quietly started selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus in its online store. Today, the company in a statement said that there’s nothing like Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus ‘Microsoft Edition’. Microsoft Store is only selling the Galaxy S9/S9+ developed by Samsung without any modification.

Microsoft last year started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus in the stores, along with the Galaxy Note8. As part of the same partnership, Microsoft is now taking pre-orders for the Samsung’s latest flagship phone. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the latest flagship phone announced by the South Korean firm with better display, design and specs.

It’s worth noting these smartphones won’t come pre-installed with Microsoft apps. Despite the fact this is not a customized version of the Samsung Galaxy S9, Microsoft will still provide support to the customers. The company also aims to offer assistance to customers who want to install Microsoft apps on it.

The company says that the Galaxy S9 available at Microsoft Store is the same phone you can purchase from any online store, and it does not come with applications such as Cortana, Microsoft Launcher, but you can seek Microsoft’s engineers help in customizing the phone with their apps.

Microsoft says that the phone is compatible with applications such as Microsoft Launcher, Cortana, Outlook, Skype, Office and OneDrive. “Microsoft Launcher, available from the Google Play store, gives you the ability to access your calendar, documents, and recent activities in your personalized feed,” the company’s store listing reads.

Samsung last year confirmed that the “Microsoft Edition” of Samsung Galaxy phones does not exist. The company said that there’s no such version of the smartphone, so nothing is different as compared to phones available at Samsung Store.

  • JohnW

    MS are helpful regardless of what device you are using.
    If I buy a device from Amazon it comes customised for me so there is no obvious reason MS couldn’t do this.

  • Gray Smith

    After 3+ years of using the best smart phone ever made – the Windows Nokia 1020, I was forced to abandon the Windows smartphone due to the battery losing it’s day-long charge. The switch to the Android/Samsung S9+ has been a terrible experience. It’s very depressing rediscovering every day that the newer phone is inferior to my older Windows phone and much less user friendly.