The arrangement between the two calls for Cyanogen to "integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services" -- including productivity, messaging, utilities and cloud services -- with its Cyanogen Open OS Platform, which is due out later this year. Microsoft, for its part, will be creating "native integrations" of its apps and services for the Cyanogen OS. (In a similar vein, Microsoft also builds custom distributions of various core Microsoft apps for Amazon's Kindle Fire.)
Microsoft and Samsung also had forged a pact via which Samsung would bundle a number of Microsoft apps and services on its new Galaxy S6 phones. However, as Neowin.net reported earlier this week, Verizon and AT&T are removing some of those Microsoft services from the Samsung Galaxy S6 devices that they are selling at retail, while Sprint and T-Mobile are not doing so.