Microsoft may have its own smartphone platform, but when so many Xbox gamers walk around with Android phones in their pockets, it would be a shame to ignore them (or their wallets). So the company has rolled out another update to its Xbox One SmartGlass beta app, and this one introduces the ability to purchase games and add-ons for the console remotely. It's a nice feature for people who have run out to buy an Xbox One with or without Kinect.
Users of newer versions of Windows or just about any Microsoft web service might be familiar with the company's rudimentary two-factor authentication system. If it's been a while since you've logged in or you're setting up a new Windows device, it might ask you for a verification code, accessible from a backup email account. Of course that can be a pain if you don't remember the password for that account, or simply don't want to dig it out.
Every major corporation has to fire people at some point. But Microsoft's plan to eliminate 18,000 jobs this year is, to say the least, a big deal. The company announced its plans on a blog post titled "Starting to Evolve Our Organization and Culture," written by new CEO Satya Nadella. Former Nokia employees will bear the brunt of this downsize, with 12,500 office and factory workers from the Finnish phone giant being laid off.
What's the average temperature in Mysore, India in December? That's a rather specific question, and while I don't know why you would need to know this information at a moment's notice (unless you're cheating at trivia), Microsoft's latest Android app is prepared to help with that. The answer, it says, is 22 degrees Celsius. In American, that's a comfortable 72. Need to check out another location? Microsoft's Climatology app can handle that too.
The big question on everyone's mind when Nokia revealed the Android-powered X line was whether their new masters at Microsoft would continue the line after the acquisition. It looks like Redmond is ready for another lap around the Android pool, at least in conjunction with its extensively-customized software load, because Nokia just announced the X2 for immediate release. The 99 Euro ($135) phone is "available immediately in select countries globally." Both global and select, huh?
Update: Microsoft has stated in a blog post that support is limited to a select number of devices for this pre-release version. The company is opening up compatibility regularly, so if your device isn't supported just yet, check back later.
When a Microsoft app comes to Android, chances are that it's not going to be exciting (seriously, take a look at the list). This is not a jab at the competing tech giant.
You make a smartwatch, you make a smartwatch, and you make a smartwatch. In what feels like a reverse Oprah giveaway, every tech company in the game is apparently contemplating the idea of producing an intelligent wristwatch of their own. A new Forbes report suggests that Microsoft too is ready to throw its hat in the ring, and soon. What makes this interesting isn't the idea of a Windows Smartwatch OS.
Language barriers might be a bit less insurmountable later this year when Microsoft releases the first beta of Skype Translator. As demoed last night at the Code Conference, Redmond is close to implementing near real-time voice translation of multiple languages in a Skype call. We might be getting close the the fabled babel fish.
There's a new app from Microsoft on Android. Are you excited? Well, only a select few of you will remain so. The new arrival is Dynamics CRM for tablets, which joins the previously released CRM for phones. Look Microsoft, it's not that we don't appreciate the attention you're paying to Android, but why is this a separate app?
Dynamics CRM for tablets does the same thing the phone counterpart does.
Which tech company is the first to come to mind when it's time to have a good time? That's right, Microsoft. Now the company is ready to bank on this reputation by releasing QuizToWin for Android, a "real-time quiz application," according to its Play Store page. Okay, I was joking before, but this sounds like exactly the kind of entertainment Microsoft would bring to your next company party right after it helps with catering (Panda Express, again?