Cyanogen has revealed that it will pre-install Microsoft apps on its modded Android OS later this year, including Bing, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook and Microsoft Office. The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, since it was rumored that Redmond had purchased a minority stake in Cyanogen with the express intention of bundling its software. As part of the deal, Microsoft will also create "native integrations" on Cyanogen OS, presumably to make all its apps play well together. Microsoft has avoided porting its productivity software over to Android and iOS for quite awhile, but finally made the jump earlier this year.
On top of appearing on Android tablets, Office, Skype et. al. also arrived on Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Android smartphones. Cyanogen's announcement today is good news for users of the popular mod, which has extended the life of numerous aging smartphones from the first Samsung Galaxy S to the original Nexus. It's also famously used on OnePlus's popular One, though it's not clear whether that smartphone will get access to the new goodies.
Nor can we tell exactly which CyanogenMod distros will get the apps, if any. We imagine more news will be coming soon, but in the meantime we've reached out for more details.
Update: Cyanogen Inc. is separate from the open source CyanogenMod project, and the latter made it clear in a blog post that its releases will not be including Microsoft apps, or other features announced for the commercial version.