Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition comes with even more bloatware

Admit it: you like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, which Samsung unveiled yesterday. But if there’s one thing that you feel is lacking, it’s the number of virtual assistants that come pre-installed. After all, it’s just two of them – the Google Assistant and Samsung’s Bixby.

But what if we told you that there’s a special edition Galaxy S8 out there that has no less than three assistants built-in, all eagerly anticipating your commands? This isn’t a dream, it’s reality. It’s called Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, and you can pre-order one from Microsoft’s brick-and-mortar stores in the US. The S8 is priced at $749.99, while the S8+ goes for $849.99. They will both become available on April 21.

All Galaxy S8 units, regardless of where you buy yours from, ship with some Microsoft apps bundled: OneDrive, Skype, and Office. However, the Microsoft Edition handsets take the bloatware game to a whole new level, adding Cortana and Outlook on top of those.

The specs are identical to the other S8 and S8+ models, you just get the benefit of that added bloatware on top of the not insignificant number of preloads that every Samsung phone has. So if you can’t imagine a mobile device shipping with less than three email clients, for example, then these Microsoft Edition phones are clearly for you.

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