Microsoft buys in with Movial to Bring Android to Surface

Microsoft has bought the local operations of Finnish software engineering and design services company Movial to add more Android expertise to its in-house engineering teams.

Microsoft is recruiting Movial’s Romanian operations to develop an Android-based operating system for the Microsoft Devices business segment, which oversees the building of Surface PCs and other Microsoft hardware devices.

About 60 Movial employees will join the Microsoft Devices business segment under the deal.

“We are excited to continue to expand Microsoft’s presence in Romania and would like to welcome these new employees of Microsoft Romania, ” Microsoft Romania CEO Violeta Luca said.

Movial’s office in lasi, Romania will become a Microsoft research and development center as well, becoming Microsoft’s fourth research and development centre in the region.

It is currently suggested that Microsoft isn’t buying Movial, a private company with offices in lasi, Taipei, Redwood City, Calif. and Seattle.

Movial previously worked with Microsoft on developing an Android-based operating system for the Surface Duo device and with the Movial deal, Microsoft is now simply bringing those Android development efforts in house.