Microsoft Partners with Samsung on Foldable-Aware Apps

Posted on August 11, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft 365, Mobile, Android with 9 Comments

Samsung today announced two new foldable smartphones, and they include updated Microsoft apps tailored for those unique experiences.

“At its latest Unpacked event, Samsung announced two new smartphones: the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G and Galaxy Z Flip3 5G,” Microsoft’s Athima Chansanchai writes. “The company’s partnership with Microsoft, which delivers a seamless bridge between Windows PC and mobile devices, has also expanded to further integrate Microsoft Office, Teams and Outlook into the smartphone experience.”

The new Samsung foldables are not inexpensive: The Galaxy Z Flip3 starts at $999 while the Galaxy Z Fold3 starts at an incredible $1799. But Microsoft users who purchase one of these devices are in for some treats, of sorts.

On both devices, you can use Teams to display a PowerPoint presentation on one side of the folded display and the faces of your co-workers on the other. Teams also let you bring up Whiteboard and draw what you’re discussing using an S Pen. Microsoft Outlook supports a new dual-pane mode that lets you read an email on one side while previewing others on the other side.

You can also use Multi-Active windows to run multiple apps side-by-side. “For example, you can open Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint and easily drag and drop a table right into your presentation, [or] even run two instances of the same app,” Samsung’s Patrick Chomet says.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Microsoft Partners with Samsung on Foldable-Aware Apps”

  1. igor engelen

    I wonder if this is will remain Samsung only or go back to Android too in some form.

  2. wunderbar

    What's the news here? Android apps that supported multi-tasking already worked in the dual app view on the Fold 2 (and other samsung phones)

    And the "dual pane" mode is just.... tablet mode.

  3. sofan

    Two weak tech companies are partnering on google platform??

    • darkgrayknight

      I'm not sure where you get "weak tech" being a descriptor for Samsung or Microsoft and if two non-Google companies are partnering to implement things missing on Google's platform, "weak tech" describes Google's platform more than those writing on top of it.

  4. jgraebner

    I admit it. I'm a gadget addict. :) I just pre-ordered a Galaxy Z Fold 3.

    The offer was kind of hard to resist. I have a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and they were offering $850 for the trade-in. They also gave me another $50 in trade for a really ancient Samsung tablet that has been collecting dust on a shelf for a couple years, plus a $200 accessory credit (that I applied towards the new watch) and a year of free Samsung Care+. I've lusted after the folding phone concept from the beginning and third generation is usually the point where it is reasonably safe to jump into something like this.

    • ronh

      Can't lose when Samsung sweetens the pot.

    • JE

      Good man. Follow your heart and be proud.

    • dstrauss

      Same here, but coming from an iPhone 11 Pro (only $600) but all the rest of the goodies, as long as I added the Watch4 Classic to the basket first so I could get max trade-in on my Apple Watch 6. Still a huge price purchase, but this may be the first time I'll succeed leaving the Walled Garden. That is a tall order for an iPhone user since 2007. They had me though when I saw a demo of cut and paste between a table in Excel and a PowerPointless presentation (in landscape mode). That, and a Kindle book looked almost exactly the same size as on my wife's iPad Mini 5.

  5. bats

    I don't know if this is going to work. The faces on one side is one thing, but a powerpoint presentation on the other side? The information is going to be small, for the Host. It's hard to imagine a virtual meeting where the presenter is presenting on a screen less than 8 inches. Perhaps, if one of the participants is mobile and has to, just has to, share his document (on his Android device) and relinquishes control to the host, who is on a bigger computer.....yeah, I can see that.