Washington, Apr. 18 - Microsoft has announced that it will release a set of Office applications by the end of April which it says is "Universal" for smartphones running Windows 10.
According to TechCrunch, Microsoft has a two-prong productivity strategy in place for Windows, Office 2016 for desktop use, and, for all other Windows 10 experiences, its touch-focused Office Universal apps.
The latter apps will function across tablets and smartphones, dynamically changing their design to allow users to better use them based on their current screen size.
The universal tag is believed to be more useful in the context of mobile phones. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 17 : Microsoft is launching a new service that lets companies upload and share video content with their entire organizations on desktops and mobile devices called 'Office 365 Video'.
According to techradar.com, Office 365 Video is a free service with an enterprise Office 365 account.
The new service by Microsoft lets administrators create channels for various categories of videos and upload content with metadata so they're easy to browse in companies' video portals and in Delve.
Multiple versions with different resolutions are generated after a video is uploaded so they stream without any waiting for video to load.
Microsoft Office 365 Video will work on mobile phones, tablets, and desktops as it uses an HTML5 player
Washington, April 11 : According to a newly leaked version of Microsoft's upcoming program, the company is improving the touch experience in Windows 10 .
According to the Verge, on enabling tablet mode, any apps on the taskbar are removed and the user is thrown into a user interface that only has access to the Start screen, virtual desktops, and the Cortana digital assistant.
Users can swipe in from the left to access recent apps, and the Start Screen has a fullscreen view of Live Tiles and apps.
There's also a new animation to bring up the Start Screen which simply glides into view over desktop wallpaper.
Desktop apps can also be launched and they will automatically expand fullscreen without cluttering the taskbar. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 10 : Microsoft in partnership with Dropbox has announced a new integration that will now allow users to view and edit their Microsoft Office files, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, in Dropbox using Office Online using the web.
For users to use the new feature, when they are previewing the file on the web, then they will have the option to edit the file when they click the "Open" button from their web browser using Office Online. The option is available to Dropbox for Business customers who have an Office 365 license as well as Dropbox Basic and Pro users, and those who are on the free tier of Office Online. The company says that the only requirement for using the free tier of Office Online is creating a free Microsoft account.
Washington, Apr 3 : Microsoft has announced that it will no longer be making Kinect for Windows v2 sensors.
Launched last year, the Kinect Adapter allows users to connect a Kinect for Xbox One sensor to Windows 8.0 and 8.1 PCs and tablets.
CNET quoted Michael Fry, a senior technology evangelist for Kinect for Windows, as saying, that because both Kinect for Xbox One and Kinect for Windows v2 sensors are functionally identical, Kinect for Windows SDK 2.0 works exactly the same with either.
Fry also said that Microsoft would still provide support for Kinect for both Xbox and Windows.
There have been a number of Kinect for Windows apps developed by coders in various vertical markets, including health care. (ANI)
Washington, April 3 - Microsoft has launched a mobile document scanner app for iOS and Android smart phone s called Office Lens, which will allow users to take snap photos of documents, receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards, sticky notes and more.
Office Lens works with OneNote. It was first launched a year ago as an application designed only for the Windows Phone.
Office Lens was launched on Apple's App Store and on Android phones, alongside other Microsoft applications, including Office and Outlook. This is a part of the company's newer strategy to embrace other platforms outside its own.
Washington, April 1 - Microsoft has announced its new tablet, Surface 3, which is a thinner, smaller, lighter and less-powerful version of the Surface Pro 3.
The Surface 3 is cheaper, starting at USD 499. It has a 10.8 inch screen and claims a 10 hours of video playback on a single charge and runs a full build of Windows that comes with a year subscription to Office 365.
Surface 3 comes in two variants, at USD 499 with 64GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM, but no accessories and at USD 599 with 128GB of internal storage and 4GB of RAM. The Surface 3-designed Type Cover will still cost us a USD 129.
Surface 3 will be retailing globally on May 5 and its pre-orders will begin on April 2. (ANI)
San Francisco : Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at USD 149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms.
Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight laptops running on the Chrome operating system since 2011. The newest versions are made by Hisense and Haier. Hisense's Chromebook can be ordered beginning today at Walmart.Com and Haier's version can be bought at Amazon.Com.
Their arrival coincides with Microsoft's rollout of a lower-priced Surface tablet in an effort to reach students and budget-conscious families. Pre-orders for that device began today, too.
Washington, March 29 - Microsoft has announced a second round of devices that will be able to run the latest builds of Windows 10 wherein the list has expanded considerably.
According to the Verge, Microsoft opened up its Windows 10 Technical Preview to Windows Phone users last month, but only a scant few Lumia devices were supported.
However, there will be a few devices still where the preview will not be available including the Lumia 930 and HTC Windows Phone devices.
Dual-SIM features along with Messaging lacks, search, message drafts, voice notes, spam filters, support for multiple attachments, and other features are severely lacking in the Windows 10 Technical Preview.
The next Windows 10 build will likely come out next week. (ANI)
Washington, Mar 25 : American company Microsoft revealed last week that it plans to create a new brand for its upcoming browser for Windows 10 codenamed Project Spartan.
Microsoft on clarifying the role of Internet Explorer and Project Spartan in Windows 10, and has confirmed that the new Spartan browser will be the default browser for all Windows 10 customers.
While Microsoft revealed in January that its new rendering engine would power Spartan and Internet Explorer in Windows 10, the company says it is no longer planning to bring this to Internet Explorer.
The Verge quoted Kyle Pflug, Microsoft's Project Spartan program manager as saying, "On Windows 10, Project Spartan will host our new engine exclusively."
Washington, March 20 - In a bid to push into the low-end smartphone market, Microsoft has reportedly tagged its Lumia 430 as the "most affordable Lumia to-date."
At just 70 dollars excluding taxes, the specifications offered by the phone helps to achieve the impressive price point. The smartphone comes with a 4-inch WVGA display, 8GB of storage (with a microSD slot), and 1GB of RAM, reported The Verge.
The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor and a relatively small 1500 mAh battery.
The Lumia 430 joins the league of Lumia 435 and 532 handsets in Microsoft's lowest-priced Windows Phones while offering similar camera capabilities.
Washington, March 18 : Microsoft has unveiled a new feature that will enable users to sign into a machine with just their face or finger.
Users will get to use the new feature, called Windows Hello, on Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 operating system. It works by scanning your face, iris, or fingerprint to unlock devices, replacing a PIN or password to gain access to your own machine, reported The Verge.
While most current machines won't be able to use Windows Hello face recognition, Microsoft will support existing fingerprint readers. The new Windows 10 PCs that support the new feature will ship with Intel's RealSense infrared
3D camera that will scan your face.
Washington, March 18 : Microsoft has announced its plans to work with three Chinese software firms to offer free upgrades to their collective customer base.
While speaking at an event in Shenzhen, China, Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, said that the company will join hands with China's Lenovo, Tencent and Qihoo 360 to offer free upgrades to its users, reported TechCrunch.
The news came after the company voiced its intention to offer free upgrades to "millions" of customers on Windows 7 or earlier.
Microsoft has also partnered with Android phone maker, Xiaomi , to give selected users of its Mi 4 the opportunity to "help test Windows 10 and contribute to its future release later this year. (ANI)
Washington, March 18 - Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 will be launched this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.
However, the company stopped short of specifying an actual date for the launch of its much-awaited new platform.
The news came just days after Microsoft revealed in a blog post that its upcoming operating software will employ compressing techniques to offer more storage space to its users. (ANI)
Washington, March 18 - Microsoft's Internet Explorer has although slipped lower and lower on the popularity meter in the past few years, however, several Windows users, including celebrities like Zooey Deschanel, came to its rescue after Microsoft hinted that it might squash the ageing browser.
The confusion started when Microsoft's Chris Capossela said at the Microsoft Convergence event on Monday that the company was working on a new browser name and brand that will feature in Windows 10, reported Mashable.
Capossela added that the project was codenamed "Project Spartan."
This statement was read as a hint that the IE browser in the upcoming Windows OS will be replaced by another browser. However, Microsoft late clarified that the IE browser will be very much alive.
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