Microsoft has been branching out recently to make its previously exclusive apps and services available on more platforms. Cortana just became publicly available after a lengthy beta test, and now there's a big update. Not because it added big things, but because it took one away. In v1.2 of the Cortana app, you can't use the "Hey Cortana" hotword in the US anymore. Read More
One of a smartphone's core functions is to contact your contacts, so you probably have a bunch of them. Some, maybe even most, folks would consider the default contacts app on their phone sufficient, but Microsoft is working on a piece of software for people who would say otherwise. Read More
Last month, Microsoft made a very unpopular decision to cut back on OneDrive storage for all of its users, reducing unlimited Office subscriber plans to 1TB, replacing paid 100GB and 200GB plans with 50GB ones for newcomers, and taking 10GB back of free storage on all regular user accounts. The justification given was an "abuse" of the unlimited plan by some users who had created backups of multiple computers and stored over 75TB of storage. In response, the user uproar explained that "unlimited" is, by definition, unlimited, and Microsoft should have put a limit from the first place if it didn't want users to surpass a certain capacity. Read More
You could think of Cortana as Microsoft Now. We Android users ask Google questions by default, but when you're on a modern Windows device, Cortana's the one who will chime in with an answer.
Microsoft's plans to bring Cortana to Android has been no secret. A leaked APK hit the web back in July. The public beta entered the Play Store around a month later. Now the official release is ready for all. Read More
When it comes time to design an interface, there is a serious question to ask—are you a top or a bottom? Me, I'm a bottom. I find buttons much easier to access when they're at the bottom of the screen. Reaching towards the top, to me, is simply awkward.
In the latest version of Outlook, the developers must feel the same. Read More
Microsoft is getting ready for a big Windows 10 Mobile push after more than five years of toiling in vain on Windows Phone. In hopes of encouraging Android users to jump ship, Microsoft has released AppCompare, an app that tells you if the apps you have installed on your Android device are available on Windows Phone. If this sounds familiar, that's because Microsoft already tried this, and it didn't go well. Read More
Microsoft isn't wavering in its laudable multi-platform support - at this point the company is beating out both Apple and Google in its support for customers on all mobile operating systems. The free mobile version of Outlook first came to the Play Store earlier this year. It's advanced to version 2.0 after a few months, and the developers have added... actually, not much. Certainly not that Sunrise Calendar integration that users of the abandoned app are probably looking for. But we do get a new UI. Read More
Here's a piece of news that should revolt those of you who have been wooed by Microsoft OneDrive's generous storage options: the service is updating its plans to slash those storage options left and right. Insert whooshing sword sound effect.
Writing on the OneDrive blog, the team explains that some Office 365 consumers reaaaaalllllyyyy took advantage of their unlimited storage feature and uploaded about 75TB of data by backing up multiple computers and saving entire movie and DVR libraries. That's why you can't have nice things anymore. Some users abused the system and now the service is cutting down everyone's plans in order to focus more on the core of its experience: collaboration. Read More
Microsoft Office is available for Android. No, this isn't new news, but considering how unlikely that seemed not many years ago, it's nice to reflect every now and then. Anyways, an update has rolled out for the full suite of Office apps. Word and Excel now come in smaller packages, with Microsoft boasting a 50% reduction in size. Read More