Microsoft announced their own Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition with a release date that matches carrier editions. The difference between this phone and the original is not Windows Phone, or even a custom user interface. Instead, this Microsoft Edition will simply install several Microsoft-made apps from the Google Play App Store.
Microsoft customization is applied to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Microsoft Edition,” said a statement from Microsoft today. This customization will take place “when the devices are unboxed and connected to Wi-Fi.” These apps could more than likely be downloaded on mobile data, too – but Microsoft would likely rather set the phone up for the user at the store, instead – complete with Microsoft-provided Wi-Fi.
Galaxy S8 does not come with any Microsoft apps pre-installed. It could be that each carrier edition has its own unique set of apps, and that only the Samsung-sold version has Microsoft apps other than the set the Microsoft Edition of the phone has. Regardless, they’re all available on Google Play for download by any Galaxy S8 once it’s up and running.