Washington, July 20 : Microsoft has released its first Windows 10 ads on Youtube with the message, "the future starts now."
According to the Verge, the company has produced five new ads, each using footage of children from across the globe as a voice over that explains that they will have an easier life because these kids will grow up with Windows
Windows is shown with a quick montage of Hello, the Start menu, the Edge browser and Cortana.
The voice overs say against shots of children in remote villages, ice fields, and central London "Imagine, these kids won't have to remember passwords or obsess about security."
Another ad explains that the kids will be able to log in "with a smile."
Washington, July 10 : Microsoft has released an update of Xbox Music to play songs stored on OneDrive for iOS and Android apps.
According to the Verge, the new update allows the users to use Xbox Music on iOS or Android without a subscription.
The users can now upload a collection of MP3s to OneDrive and stream them to the mobile apps without having to pay anything.
Although, the users will still need an Xbox Music Pass or Groove Music Pass to stream songs they do not own.
The users can also download the songs they have stored in OneDrive to make them available for offline use. (ANI)
Washington, July 10 - Microsoft has officially launched its Office 2016 for Mac.
Office 2016 is already available across Windows, Android and iOS devices. The introduction of a new version for OS X brings a many new features.
According to the Techcrunch. com, the company said that the updated software is first being made available to Office 365 subscribers that are those who have either an Office 365 Home, Personal, Business, Business Premium, E3 or ProPlus subscription.
Microsoft said that depending on their needs the users can buy Office 365 subscription. Office 365 Personal will sell at USD 6.99 for home users and Office 365 Home will sell at USD 9.99 per month. Also, plans are available for students to give Office 2016 for Mac for free or for a significant discount.
Washington, July : Microsoft has changed the name of Xbox Music, and now, it will be called Groove. The Xbox Video will now be known as Movies and TV
According to thenextweb. com, Microsoft says that the name change is to make the content in the app more identifiable for their broad customer base.
The changes will be introduced in Windows 10 PCs and in the coming months released to other devices.
Groove will feature an updated interface for better music management and an improved listening experience. Also, new menus and navigation controls are will be easier to use with a keyboard/mouse or touchscreen
Washington, June 30 : Microsoft has released a latest preview of Windows 10 along with other new features including Microsoft Edge and Wi-fi that will come with the platform.
The users will have to download Windows 10's latest preview build for PCs, to use the new feature available.
Microsoft Edge, initially developed under the codename Project Spartan, is a web browser in development by Microsoft.
According to the engadget.com, the company has integrated several user suggestions to the browser, including a home button, a more customizable New Tab page, password auto-fill, as well as the ability to import favorites/bookmarks from other browsers and to play music from a minimized tab.
Washington, June 30 : Microsoft has announced that it will launch Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015), the latest version of its integrated development environment, on July 20.
According to the Techcrunch. com, the latest version includes cross-platform development with support for targeting Windows, iOS and Android, through its support for the Apache Cordova project and Xamarin's app development platform.
VS 2015 also includes support for extensions, new diagnostic and debugging tools, an emulator for Android developers, built-in support for Application Insights and various user interface and performance tweaks.
In addition, Microsoft partnered to enhance built-in support for game development with the Unity, Epic Games and Chukong Technologies.
Washington, June 30 : Uber has announced that it is acquiring assets from Microsoft Bing, including around 100 data-collection engineers focused on the Bings's image collection activities.
According to the Techcrunch. com, both companies confirmed the transaction but neither named the terms of the agreement. Also, both firms declined to elaborate on what the assets are.
Uber said that it is excited about the talent and technology that this acquisition brings. Microsoft said that it has taken many actions to focus the company's efforts around their core business strategy in the last year.
This transaction highlights Uber's increasing efforts to build its own mapping service. (ANI)
Washington, June 25 : Microsoft has announced the official launch of Office for Android phones.
According to the Techcrunch. com, the services released includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint designed for the Android smartphone, follows earlier efforts of Microsoft at bringing Office to Android tablets, in addition to support for Office on iOS devices, Windows and OS X. The release comes five weeks after the company rolled out the suite of applications as a preview
The Office apps support many of tasks, including the facility to review and edit files, presenting PowerPoint presentations from phone and quickly pulling up documents stored on competing services like Google Drive, Dropbox or Box.
Washington, June 22 - Microsoft has given a makeover to its Bing video search feature.
According to the Verge, new features include larger, easier-to-identify video thumbnails and the users can even preview videos straight from the results to get an idea of what they are looking at. For that, the users just have to move their cursor over a result to watch a small bit of the video.
In addition, Bing shows additional information on each result. Users can now see the view count, upload date and up-loader before clicking to the result.
Music searches will now show a module up at the top for the artist with a photo and a list of other top songs. The suggested videos will be shown half-way down the page in another module, with more recommendations.
Washington, June 18 : Microsoft has released support for French and German for its Skype Translator app.
With the release of these two languages, brings the total number of languages supported by Skype to six, with English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish. This is nearly 30 percent of the world's native speakers.
According to The Verge, Skype Translator works by using a modified version of the Skype Windows 8 app to translate spoken words into text or audio. The software was first introduced back in December during an early preview and while there were a few translation issues, it works well enough to hold a conversation in a language user does not understand.
Washington, June 3 : American multinational technology company Microsoft is looking to provide internet to users on the move and is developing a cross-platform service that will offer 'hassle-free' WiFi around the world.
The Verve reports that this new service, called Microsoft WiFi, will work via apps on iOS, Android, OS X, and Windows platforms, with WiFi being available via a variety of hotspot providers.
Microsoft's latest offering was first noticed by twitter user @WalkingCat, with the site since being replaced with a 'coming soon' banner.
Washington, June 2 : Microsoft is set to acquire 6Wunderkinder GmbH, the Germany-based startup that created and develops Wunderlist for an amount between USD 100 million and USD 200 million.
According to the Verge, the deal has not been finalised as yet.
The deal represents Microsoft's latest move to boost its mobile presence and cover all bases around productivity software.
Wunderlist has earned favourable reviews among Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users.
However, Wunderlist has declined to comment on the deal with Microsoft. (ANI)
Washington, June 2 - Microsoft will launch the much-awaited Windows 10 on July 29, the company confirmed.
Earlier, the company had said that the operating system will be launched in late July but had not given any specific date.
Recent preview builds of the operating system continue to include many changes to features, and a number of issues and bugs, reported the Verge
A lot of Windows 10's new features are part of universal Windows Apps, and Microsoft can easily update these even before many consumers buy new machines with Windows 10. (ANI)
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.
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