Microsoft Partners with Samsung on Foldable-Aware Apps

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.”

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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.

Good stuff.

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  • igor engelen

    11 August, 2021 - 1:51 pm

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

  • wunderbar

    Premium Member
    11 August, 2021 - 1:53 pm

    <p>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)</p><p><br></p><p>And the "dual pane" mode is just…. tablet mode.</p>

  • sofan

    11 August, 2021 - 2:25 pm

    <p>Two weak tech companies are partnering on google platform??</p>

    • darkgrayknight

      Premium Member
      11 August, 2021 - 5:42 pm

      <p>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.</p>

  • jgraebner

    Premium Member
    11 August, 2021 - 2:59 pm

    <p>I admit it. I’m a gadget addict. 🙂 I just pre-ordered a Galaxy Z Fold 3. </p><p><br></p><p>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.</p>

    • ronh

      Premium Member
      11 August, 2021 - 4:27 pm

      <p>Can’t lose when Samsung sweetens the pot.</p>

    • JE

      11 August, 2021 - 5:36 pm

      <p>Good man. Follow your heart and be proud.</p>

    • dstrauss

      18 August, 2021 - 2:06 pm

      <p>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.</p>

  • bats

    12 August, 2021 - 10:04 am

    <p>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. </p>

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