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Xbox Music app now known as ‘Microsoft Groove’

Microsoft's very own Xbox Music app for Android is getting a new name. Don't be surprised if you see 'Groove' everywhere because the software giant has made changes to some of its apps. Aside from the music app being rebranded, Xbox Video will now be known as 'Movies & TV'. The name 'Groove' may mean a lot of things but I'd like to think that it has something to do with establishing a habit or a routine. Music as a routine? Yep, Groove can help you with that.

Xbox One Smartglass app on Android to get screenshot feature

The good thing about owning an Xbox One AND a Windows 10 phone is that gamers are able to share their gaming screenshots to social media platforms via the Microsoft Smartglass app. But because you asked for it, Microsoft is now making that feature available on the Android version of the app (as well as on iOS). There are some initial restrictions, but it should be all good soon.

Microsoft beta launches their own Android launcher

In another step in their bid to become more relevant to other consumers, specifically for Android users, Microsoft is working on a new app that is now in a private beta-testing phase. The Arrow Launcher, is, you guessed it, an Android launcher that tries to bring the usual features that we enjoy from launchers, while bringing something unique and a Microsoft sensibility as well. And since it’s still in beta, you can contribute to making it a bit better.

Microsoft Garage team releases Send app, Android version coming soon

With the numerous instant messaging and email inbox apps available, it can be difficult to choose just one that will help you with all your personal and professional messaging needs. When it comes to work and business, using a corporate email and a reliable inbox app is recommended. However, opening and loading messages on a native email client can take some time. It can be more convenient if one can just send a quick note or question to anyone. Sure, instant messaging apps can be enough but for work and school, there's the new Send app that allows fast communication between Office 365 business and school email account owners.

Microsoft’s Hyperlapse now out of beta for Android devices

Hyperlapse is now out on Android devices! But before you get all excited, we need to tell you that we’re not talking about Instagram’s Hyperlapse, but the rather confusing app of the same name from Microsoft. But despite that, they do have the same function. And now that Microsoft’s version is now out of beta, you will be able to enjoy the features without signing up with any group or downloading anything other than the app itself.

Microsoft finally releases foldable Bluetooth keyboard in stores

We’ve seen it for months, and we even talked about it previously, and people have been anticipating having this bad boy (or rather, good boy) in their hands. Finally, our keyboarding dreams have come true as Microsoft’s Universal Folding Keyboard is now available in gadget stores near you (hopefully). Not only is it compatible with any device, regardless of platform, but it is also thin and foldable, so it really won’t make an impact on your bag (but maybe it will on your wallet, a little).

Nokia might be back in smartphones after Q4 2016

There are a number of things to consider when talking about Nokia and the smartphone industry. Arguably, they were the ones that started it all, and the name still commands a certain respect in markets and in the industry. But practically, they are out of the mobile handset game, selling that part of their business to Microsoft. The rumors that they will come out with another smartphone just will not seem to die down though, so Nokia has seen it fit to clear up the issue.

Barnes & Noble’s International Nook Store shutting down soon

Pundits saw it coming a mile away, so people were no longer surprised when Barnes & Noble told its European customers that they are essentially shutting down the international Nook ebookstore. Customers outside the US began receiving emails from B&N that they will no longer be able to pay through their Microsoft account and that they will no longer be able to access their content through the Nook app for Windows if they don't live in the US.

Windows 7 successfully installed on an Asus ZenFone 2

Windows running on an Android device? It's possible. Not that we doubt it can never happen but honestly, there is no need, right? But then with Android being an open source platform, developers and the whole Android community can do anything with the platform. A senior XDA developer managed to install Windows 7 on an Asus ZenFone 2 powered by an Intel processor. Thanks to the Intel chipset used, an Android phone can now run full Windows.
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