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Microsoft and Cyanogen Form Pact, as Android Lands in European Crosshairs

Fresh off its $80 million funding round, Cyanogen, the aggressive startup building an Android alternative to Google, inked a pact with Microsoft. Cyanogen will distribute Microsoft’s software suite, including Office, Skype and Bing search. In return, Microsoft, which is among the tech titans considering financing Cyanogen, will tailor its native apps and services for the startup’s operating system. The tie-up comes on the heels of a European Union investigation into Android, launched on Wednesday, probing Google’s practice of bundling mobile apps and services.

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