Washington, May 15 : Following Google's steps, Bing will now start giving mobile-friendly websites a boost in search results delivered to smartphones and other mobile devices.
The move is significant as it could directly impact certain websites' traffic. For websites that are not mobile-friendly, it could mean loss of visitors. However, it also means that people using Bing on mobile will have better experience, reported The Verge.
Bing expects to roll out the changes "in the coming months." (ANI)
Washington, May 13 : Skype has removed the sign-up requirement for its Skype Translator Preview program and this is now available to all.
According to the Verge, the Skype Translator preview app works in English, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin in real time.
Earlier, users had to be approved to get the app, but now they can start using it without any special permission required.
Skype Translator works by using a modified version of the Skype Windows 8 app to translate spoken words into text or audio.
Microsoft has been previewing its Skype Translator since December.
Washington, May 05 : Microsoft's Windows chief, Terry Myerson has slammed Android updates saying that Google does not take responsibility to update customer devices, putting their business at the risk of being compromised.
According to the Verge, Myerson said that Google only "ships a big pile" of code and does not commit to updating users' devices.
However, Myerson did not reveal how Microsoft plans to bypass carriers and deliver regular updates to its Windows 10 phones in future.
Microsoft, with not so perfect history of update, is planning to fix some of that with Windows 10.
Myerson said that the company will not deliver all the updates to customers on a single day of the month. (ANI)
Washington, May 05 : Microsoft will include real-time co-authoring for Word documents in Office 2016, the next major version of Microsoft's desktop suite of apps.
Microsoft confirmed that the new feature will be first enabled in Word and subsequently it will enable it in PowerPoint and Excel, reported the Verge.
The addition to Microsoft's Office suite gives the company a distinct advantage over competitors like Google.
Co-authoring on the desktop removes one of the key benefits of using the web versions of Google Docs or Office.
However, the real-time editing feature is not yet available but Microsoft is allowing users to download a preview of Office 2016. (ANI)
Washington, May 05 - Microsoft is reportedly working on two high-end Lumia phones for Windows 10 that are expected to be rolled out later this year.
According to The Verge, the two devices are codenamed 'Cityman' and 'Talkman' respectively.
Cityman is designed to be the true flagship phone for Windows 10 and is likely to include a 5.7-inch QHD display, Qualcomm octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel camera at the rear. Microsoft is planning to use a removable rear cover for access to the battery and microSD slots, despite the presence of 32GB of internal storage. The device will also support the new Continuum for phones feature to transform a phone into a PC and Microsoft is planning to ship some additional hardware with the phone to enable this.
Washington, May 5 - Microsoft has released public preview of its Office 2016.
According to CNET, the new Office 2016 public preview is available for download. Some apps were included in previous releases of the Windows 10 Technical Preview and made available for both IT professionals and developers.
The new preview is available to Office 365 subscribers. If users do not have an Office 365 subscription, then they can download a trial version of Office 2016.
The Microsoft Office 2016 will work on Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 PCs, laptops and tablets.
However, the customers must uninstall Office 2013 to use the new preview. The two versions cannot run alongside each other.
Also, Microsoft will be updating the public preview regularly before it is made commercially available.
Washington, May 05 - Windows 10 appears to be Microsoft's most ambitious project with the company declaring that it hoped to run its upcoming operating software on one million devices. However, the tech giant has now taken it a step further by introducing a middle finger emoji in Windows 10.
According to The Verge, there's not just one middle finger emoji to help users flip a friend off but six emojis covering diverse skin tones.
The move has made Microsoft the first tech company to include the middle finger in an operating system. Google and Apple do not support the emoji in their respective operating software as yet.
Microsoft has also made several changes to closely align its set of emoji with the characters found in iOS . (ANI)
Washington, May 03 : Microsoft has announced that Windows Media Centre will be removed in Windows 10 and the PCs upgraded from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will lose the feature.
According to the Verge, Microsoft first introduced Windows Media Center in 2001 as a separate Windows XP version.
It was designed to run fullscreen as a media player, and support television channels from TV tuners.
A number of PC makers created dedicated Media Center PCs for use in the living room, but it never made it mainstream enough for Microsoft to continue developing it fully.
Windows Media Center was characterized by its use of a green button to access the main interface from a remote control. (ANI)
Washington, May 1 : Microsoft has built a new website that will tell an individual how old does one look by analyzing the face through a picture.
Microsoft's machine-learning team has launched a website Howold.net on trial bases recently at the BUILD conference that will let a person upload a picture , and then will quickly analyze the individual, and spits out an estimated age, TechCrunch reported.
The new age guessing website requires an under 3MB well-lit photo to evaluate one's age right away with the help of their robot.
The software engineers explained that they initially hoped to get around 50 users on an aver age but within some hours tens of thousands of people have used this new feature that created difficulty for the engineers to keep the servers up. (ANI)
Washington, May 1 : Microsoft has announced that the phone version of its Windows 10 operating system will not be launched this summer.
Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President, Operating Systems Group at Microsoft said that the phone builds have not been as far along as PC builds.
Belfiore also said that from the device view, their main focus is to kick off the Windows 10 launch wave with a great launch on the PC. Users should expect that the other devices like phone, HoloLens, Xbox, Surface Hub will be staggered.
Windows 10 is continuing the same trend of Microsoft's PC release of Windows 8.1where PC release was earlier than the phone release.
In addition, Microsoft said that some features won't be available on Windows 10 at launch.
Washington, April 30 - Outlining Microsoft's high hopes for Windows 10, Executive Vice President Terry Myerson has said that the company wanted to see the operating software on one billion devices within two to three years of its release.
He added that no other platform working in any ecosystem was available on one billion devices. Microsoft is aiming to hit the target by offering free upgrade for existing Windows customers, new devices, and plans for business users, reported The Verge.
Washington, April 30 : While announcing its plans to get mobile apps on Windows 10, Microsoft has also declared that developers will be able to bring their existing code to the operating software.
The tech giant's two new software development kits will allow iOS and Android developers to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps. While on the Android side, Microsoft has enabled developers to use Java and C++ code on Windows 10, iOS developers will be able to take advantage of their existing Objective C code, reported The Verge.
Microsoft's Terry Myerson said the move was aimed at enabling developers to leverage their current code and current skills to start building those Windows applications in the Store, and to be able to extend those applications.
Washington, Apr. 30 - Microsoft has revealed a new Windows 10 feature called Continuum that allows smartphones running Microsoft's latest OS to transform into desktop PCs when connected to larger screens.
According to the Verge, Continuum also helps ease the transition for users switching between tablet and PC modes.
Samsung is giving developers tools to create software that runs across PCs, tablets, convertibles, smartphones, and Xbox.
Microsoft 's Joe Belfiore showed apps like Excel and Photos running on the desktop view with the Windows 10 smartphone hooked up to a monitor. (ANI)
Washington, Apr 28 : Microsoft is preparing for launch of new apps and add-ins for Outlook.com email service later this week.
According to the Verge, Microsoft has started publishing its Build 2015 developer conference schedule a little early and Outlook.com apps are part of the news. A listing for a session on Outlook.com apps reads "In under 5 minutes, you can build one app, list it in one store and have it appear in Outlook.com, Outlook desktop and Office 365."
For the Office 365 version of Outlook, the add-ins and apps are already available. This is the first time Microsoft has taken steps to bring these to Outlook.com consumers.
Washington, April 24 - Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has reportedly revealed that downloads of its Office app on Android and iOS have crossed the 100 million mark.
According to The Verge, although the milestone is not particularly surprising as free apps are downloaded more often than paid ones, but it does prove that Microsoft's Office software is being preferred by users across multiple platforms.
Microsoft has been working to ensure the availability of its software and services across platforms like, Windows, iOS, and Android, over the past year. Apps such as, Skype, Outlook, and Word are regularly features in the top 100 charts of free apps in the App store. (ANI)
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