This week, Microsoft Corp. and Acer Inc. announced a partnership that will be starting in the second half of 2016. In a new development, Acer will begin pre-installing Microsoft services and apps such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on its portfolio of Android smartphones and tablets.

“We’re excited to partner with Microsoft to provide enhanced mobile productivity to our products,” said ST Liew, president of Acer Smart Products Business Group. “By integrating the Microsoft software suite, Acer customers will enjoy productivity on-the-go along with the familiar computing experience on their smartphones and tablets.”

Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing is also positive about the new teamwork. “We’re pleased that we have been able to enhance the already strong partnership that exists between Microsoft and Acer,” he said. “Mutually beneficial and collaborative agreements such as this one promote innovation and lead to better products and experiences for consumers.”

According to Microsoft, the patent agreement is “another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem”.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.

More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs click here .

Acer’s most recent cell phones include the variations in the Liquid Jade Z smartphone and other phones in the Liquid series .

A full list of current tablets can be accessed here .