Windows 8.1 has just landed on the scene and it seems that Microsoft also has a surprise for Android users. It has just launched its promised Remote Desktop app for Android and iOS earlier than the expected end of the month release.
An update for the Outlook.com app has recently landed in the Play Store. This update brings a selection of new features and functionality that touches on search, your email archive, vacation auto-responders and aliases. Not to mention, this update also brings a bit of color. While not full-on themes, once updated you will be able to choose from a variety of colors to personalize the look a bit.
Whether it's a sign of desperation or a moment of enlightenment, Microsoft seems to be on a track of trying to make nice with other operating systems. First, there have been rumors of the tech giant seeking to dual-boot with Android, and now we're getting word that Microsoft will be bringing its remote desktop feature to Android and iOS soon.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and no one is probably as desperate as Microsoft in getting its mobile platforms on more devices. And if one can't beat them, join them, as the Redmond tech giant has reportedly approached not just HTC but Samsung and Huawei as well to add its mobile Windows versions to their next batch of devices.
It seems that the Microsoft-developed mobile operating system is getting some reprieve as gains fans among European countries. Meanwhile, Android and iOS are still ahead in the mobile platform race, especially in the US.
Last week we learned a lot about Nokia and their Android aspirations, confirming they had a few Android Lumia smartphone prototypes in the works. Today though news has arrived that they weren't just working on a couple of prototypes, but actually have over 10,000 Android smartphones codenamed "Mountain View" already built. Which was set to be a budget-friendly Android smartphone and a plan B for if (when) Windows Phone didn't pan out.
Just because you're on Android doesn't necessarily mean you get to miss out on the still ubiquitous Microsoft products, or at least some of them. One such software is OneNote, which Microsoft has just expanded to be available in over 50 countries covered by Google Play Store.
Nokia smartphones running Android were a thing, at least behind closed doors with Nokia engineers, well before Microsoft bought them out. As the days pass and we can all stop dreaming about a Nokia Lumia smartphone running Android, news today is stating the company was dabbling with Android, but we all know now that it will never happen.
Over here in Android land we have Google voice search and Google Now, which is amazing. Then over on iOS and the iPhone they have that mean lady Siri. Now Microsoft wants to join in on the virtual assistant excitement with a new project codenamed Cortana. Which will likely come with a different name once it arrives on Windows Phone devices.
It seems that Microsoft is getting ready to take on the streaming music giants like Spotify and Pandora by releasing an Xbox Music app for Android and iOS. And like the aforementioned services, Microsoft will eventually be charging a fee on mobile platforms for its otherwise free streaming service.