Stop me if you've heard this one: Microsoft, beaten to the tablet market by Apple, wants to build an alternative, one that runs Windows and gives more bang for the buck.
That, of course, was the whole strategy behind the original Microsoft Surface that launched with Windows 8 in 2012. And it's also apparently the playbook Microsoft is again working from now that Bloomberg is reporting the company is looking to debut a new, lower-cost iPad competitor with the Surface brand later this year.
That's weird, because we all know how the Surface plan played out: The first one was a billion-dollar disaster, but when Microsoft refocused around the Surface Pro line and stopped trying to compete with the iPad and instead market its powerful tablet PC as a MacBook alternative, sales soared, and the Surface found its niche as a high-end Windows machine. Read more...
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Tablets didn’t exactly take over the computing world, as Apple and Microsoft had predicted years ago. But they have been evolving to the point where they can fill in for a laptop under the right circumstances. Still, how do you ensure that the tablet you buy is good enough for you to leave conventional PCs behind? It’s not always easy — a tablet that’s powerful enough for one person might be overly complicated for another. We have some tips to help you navigate the shopping maze.
Microsoft's Edge browser released for iPhone and Android late last year with a promise to come to iPad "soon." Now, after a quick beta period, the app is ready for a full release onto iPad and Android tablets.
Microsoft has slowly been rolling out its Edge browser to various devices; it was officially released for iPhones back in November, with the promise that an iPad version was on the way. Now, it's finally here -- but only in beta. Microsoft Edge testers for iOS can download the iPad version today.
Source: The Verge
Microsoft updated its Cortana app and it now features native iPad support. The interface makes use of the bigger iPad screen, but otherwise it's largely similar to the iPhone version. The update, spotted by MacRumors, also notes that the app now opens 20 percent faster. "Introducing a brand-new Cortana for iPad design. Enjoy an exclusive layout and interface for your iPad," says the update release. "Cortana now launches 20 percent faster! Enjoy a lightning-fast experience."
Via: The Verge
Source: App Store
Apple's latest operating system for its mobile devices, iOS 11, added a ton of productivity tweaks. One of the biggest is Files, a new, well, file system for iOS that lets users interact more directly with documents and images without having to go through an associate app. Now Microsoft has just added several new features for its Office and OneDrive iOS apps, including access to OneDrive through the Files app. Other additions feature drag and drop capabilities, co-authoring on iOS (and Mac), and a better list view in OneDrive to help find your files more easily. Microsoft has also added new features to its Slack competitor Teams, like the ability to add interactive cards from apps into chats.
Though Microsoft has been rolling out Edge to more devices, iPad users have been left waiting. But it appears that the browser will finally be making its debut on the iPad sometime soon. As Neowin spotted, Sean Lyndersay, an Edge program manager, tweeted that the iPad version will be previewed through Microsoft's TestFlight next month and should see a wide rollout soon thereafter.
Source: Sean Lyndersay (Twitter)
You no longer need an Android phone if you want to join in Xbox party chats when you're away from your console -- Microsoft has introduced party chat to the beta Xbox app for iOS. If you've been accepted into the program (you have to sign up first), you can keep up with your teammates' voice conversations from your iPhone or iPad while you're racing home to join them in a multiplayer match.
Via: OnMSFT, Windows Central
Source: Xbox App Beta signup
Xbox's retro-inspired Cuphead is on the App Store. There's just one problem: it's a fake. While the iTunes preview page looks legit, the game isn't actually an official project from designer Studio MDHR. A quick whois search reveals that the phoney website is hosted in Hungary and that registered owner, Sheridens LTD. has done this sort of thing before with an unofficial mobile port of melee brawler Gang Beasts. In fact, the fake Studio MDHR website was set up less than two months ago.
Source: iTunes, Whois
Flamingos rule everything around her. Her clothes are covered in them. Her workspace is littered with representations of their spindly legs and hot-pink plumes. She's spent hours studying their migratory patterns, mating rituals and native environments. She's traveled the world speaking to conservationists and ornithologists to better understand them. She even adopted 20 of the winged icons to aid in her research and their preservation.
With its Learning Tools, Microsoft has developed a few ways to make it easier for students to get a better handle on reading and writing. One tool, for example, can read your words aloud and help you identify common grammatical issues. Another, called Immersive Reading, can also read text aloud while highlighting it in "focused" view (where words are spaced out in a distraction-free environment). The Learning Tools started out as a OneNote plug-in, but Microsoft has steadily expanded it to Office apps on desktops, mobile and the Web. Today, the company announced they're headed to Word for iPad.
Most Chromebooks are cheap, simple and dependable, but Google’s been releasing high-end laptops that run its Chrome-based operating system for years. The latest entry in that series is the $1,000 Pixelbook, which looks primed to compete with other laptop-tablet hybrids like Microsoft’s Surface Pro and the iPad Pro.
You might not have any inclination to buy a Surface Pro tablet if you're an iPad owner, but Microsoft may be happy to sell you the keyboard portion. WinFuture has noticed that Microsoft posted a battery document mentioning an unannounced iPad Touch Cover. The file reveals precious little about the peripheral, but its name harkens back to the Surface Touch Covers that Microsoft used to sell -- the emphasis here would be on thinness over the tactile feel of a Type Cover. The inclusion of a battery and the April timing of the document suggests that it uses Bluetooth and targets the entry-level iPad, although we're not ruling out a Smart Connector attachment for the iPad Pro crowd.
Via: WinFuture (translated), The Verge
Microsoft's mobile Outlook app can be helpful if you want an alternative to your phone's built-in email client, but it doesn't always nail the tasks you handle every day -- say, following an email thread. Thankfully, Microsoft knows it. The company just unveiled updated Android and iOS apps that tackle some of Outlook's navigational issues. It's decidedly better for back-and-forth conversations, for starters. You'll see more of the conversation at once, and tapping on a conversation will jump to the first unread message to help show what you missed. Also, you only need to tap a quick reply box to start a message to everyone in the thread without losing track of the previous conversation.
Source: Office Blog, App Store, Google Play
Few saw the Chromebook coming. When it launched half a decade ago, the category was broadly maligned for its limited feature set, middling hardware specs and operation that required an always-on internet connection to work properly. But things change in five years. Read More
<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/1600x1200+0+0/resize/1600x1200!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/aa6ec35672d39fd49c552c61bf68b70d/203609653/201623iPadPro_9_7+43JT.jpg" />Apple's share of the tablet market has been <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/05/14/white-box-tablets-outship-ipads/">sliding for a while</a>, but it's making a comeback... if not for the reasons the company might prefer. Strategy Analytics <a href="https://www.strategyanalytics.com/strategy-analytics/news/strategy-analytics-press-releases/strategy-analytics-press-release/2016/10/31/apple-follows-microsoft's-lead-on-2-in-1s-to-rebuild-ipad-growth#.WBdnrOErL-o">estimates</a> that the iPad climbed from 19.1 percent of the market in the third quarter of 2015 to 19.9 percent a year later. However, that's mainly because the market as a whole shrank 10 percent. The analysts believe that many tablet manufacturers' shipments dropped year-to-year, and that Apple simply experienced a <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/25/apples-iphone-sales-keep-falling/">smaller decline</a> than most. The one major exception is Amazon, whose $49 <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/04/21/amazons-fire-tablet-16gb-colors/">Fire tablet</a> helped its shipments more than double.
<strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://www.strategyanalytics.com/strategy-analytics/news/strategy-analytics-press-releases/strategy-analytics-press-release/2016/10/31/apple-follows-microsoft's-lead-on-2-in-1s-to-rebuild-ipad-growth#.WBdnrOErL-o">Strategy Analytics</a><!--//-->
Microsoft saw revenue from its Surface line jump 38% over last year’s total, according to its most recent financial report. Released today, the report states that Surface revenue hit $926 million during the last quarter, up from $672 million last year. Even at this level, Apple’s iPad business is still much larger, though growing more slowly.
Apple’s iPad business is still… Read More
<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/f541e2c9e1eab4fe77a39cb79b377722/203984564/microsoft-sharepoint-ios.jpg" />Look, we know: accessing your company's intranet is about as exciting as watching paint dry. However, wouldn't you rather have the option of using it from your phone, instead of having to sit at a computer? Microsoft thinks so. It just <a href="https://blogs.office.com/2016/06/21/your-intranet-in-your-pocket-the-sharepoint-mobile-app-for-ios-is-now-available/">launched</a> SharePoint <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/microsoft-sharepoint/id1091505266?ls=1&mt=8">for iOS</a>, its first mobile SharePoint app. The tool gives you access to the files, portals, sites and teams that you're used to on the desktop. It's also smart enough to hop between apps depending on what you're accessing. It'll jump to <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2015/01/29/onedrive-photo-revamp/">OneDrive</a> if you're peeking at the company's document library, for instance, or switch to one of the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2014/11/06/office-for-iphone-hands-on/">Office apps</a> if you're opening a recent file.
<strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://blogs.office.com/2016/06/21/your-intranet-in-your-pocket-the-sharepoint-mobile-app-for-ios-is-now-available/" >Office Blogs</a><!--//-->, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/microsoft-sharepoint/id1091505266?ls=1&mt=8" >App Store</a><!--//-->
Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 look a lot alike. Both are big tablets, both connect to slim keyboard covers, and both offer a stylus for drawing and note-taking. But after spending some time with these potential laptop replacements, I found that they’re really quite different, particularly when it comes to productivity.
<img src="http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/eb900ff1b055963bd1e3e9e55fb204b8/203136875/outlook+ios.jpg" />If you use Skype on a frequent basis, you've probably wanted to schedule a few of those internet-based calls. Doing that on your phone, however, has been a hassle -- at least, until now. Microsoft has rolled out an <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id951937596?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8">update</a> to <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2015/12/15/outlook-ios-3d-touch-support/">Outlook for iOS</a> that lets you turn any meeting into a Skype call, and join that call by tapping a button. Theoretically, you'll never hold up an important talk while you're sifting through your Skype contacts. And there's more on the way if you prefer face-to-face video chats, too.
<strong>Via: </strong><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/article/free-skype-group-video-calling-coming-to-android-ios-windows-10-mobile/" >ZDNet</a><!--//-->
<strong>Source: </strong><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id951937596?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D8" >App Store</a><!--//-->, <a href="http://blogs.skype.com/2016/01/12/ten-years-of-skype-video-yesterday-today-and-something-new/" >Skype Big Blog</a><!--//-->