These Google and Microsoft apps come pre-installed on Surface Duo

Surface Duo multitasking

In the renders of the
Surface Duo, we can see a Google search bar on the left
hand-screen, and other Google apps, including Chrome. Another
render provides a peek at some of the Microsoft apps such as
Edge, OneNote, and Outlook that come pre-installed on the
Surface Duo.

Google requires all OEMs to install a certain subset of its
apps. The intention behind this is to inform consumers that
Google offers more apps than the Play Store, Gmail and other
apps that are typically pre-installed.

It is mandatory for OEMs to install a certain subset of Google
apps and this suite of apps is called ‘GMS Core’. The list
includes apps like the Google search bar, Play Store, Gmail,
Google app, Chrome, Google Maps, and YouTube.

Surface Duo homescreen

Apparently, OEMs are also allowed to install other apps
developed by Google, including the dialer and messages, but
they are not required to do so.

Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Duo comes with 20
Google apps, including Google Duo, Photos, Contacts, Messages,
Files, Calculator, and Clock. Here’s the complete list of
Google apps on the Surface Duo:

  1. Google Search
  2. Google Assistant
  3. Google Calendar
  4. Google Drive
  5. Google Duo
  6. Google Photos
  7. Google Play Movies & TV
  8. Google Play Store
  9. Google Maps
  10. Chrome
  11. Gmail
  12. YouTube
  13. YouTube Music
  14. Contacts
  15. Messages
  16. Phone
  17. Files
  18. Clock
  19. Calculator

While Chrome and Gmail are pre-installed on Surface Duo,
Microsoft says Edge and Outlook will be set as the default
browser and email client respectively. This isn’t a surprise,
as Microsoft has always talked about how it has optimized these
apps for the Duo.

Surface Duo comes with these 15 apps from Microsoft:

  1. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office Lens, PDF
    reader, and More
  2. Microsoft Outlook
  3. Microsoft Teams
  4. Microsoft OneDrive
  5. Microsoft Edge
  6. Microsoft OneNote
  7. Microsoft To Do
  8. Microsoft News
  9. Microsoft Authenticator
  10. Microsoft Bing Search
  11. Intune Company Portal
  12. LinkedIn
  13. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  14. Surface Audio
  15. Microsoft SwiftKey

Of course, you can always change the default apps from Surface
Duo settings. For example, you can replace the Google search
bar with the Bing search bar by heading to the Microsoft
Launcher settings.

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