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Peek into new Microsoft apps, Office Now, Revolve, OneClip

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s an ongoing revolution in happening in Redmond, specifically in how Microsoft is trying to win back all the consumers it pissed off with Windows Vista and the diehard fans who stuck with them even after that, but gave up with Windows 8. A new boss, a new outlook (no pun intended), and here we have Microsoft probably having a new lease on life. We get a peek into some of the productivity apps they’re planning to put out soon.

OneDrive (beta) now has native PDF viewer, Android Wear watchface

A new beta update for Microsoft's cloud storage OneDrive brings a feature that other cloud services have had for some time now, and a weird feature for Android Wear devices that may be practically useless for now. If you sign up to get access to the beta update, you will be able to get native PDF support finally so you can properly view documents in that format and you'll also get a watchface even though you still won't be able to launch One Drive from your wearable.

Office for Android smartphones now on Preview mode

The more mobile we become, the more we ask from our smartphones and tablets. The more our devices bring us more features, the more freedom we have to go wherever we want and yet still be connected. Such is the digital nomad lifestyle of today. Microsoft is still a huge part of our school and corporate lives, and they are now doing all they can so we can bring them on our mobile gadgets and not just get stuck in the office or school. The latest update is that Office for Android smartphones is now available on Preview mode.

Create time-lapse videos easily with Microsoft Hyperlapse app

A few years back, in order to create an impressive video with time-lapse editing, you needed one or two high-end cameras, a tripod or two, plus hours of editing the footage you've collected. With the technology and apps available now, the process has been pared down considerably. In fact, Microsoft says you can do it with just your mobile phone, and maybe a steady hand (a tripod or monopod won't hurt). Welcome to the world of Microsoft Hyperlapse.

Microsoft Remote Desktop update: new UI, improved user experience

If you're still one of those people who use a desktop and it runs on Windows, you've probably gotten frustrated when you're mobile and you needed to access your PC. Yes, Microsoft released its Remote Desktop app for some time now, but the look, features, and over-all user experience left a lot to be desired. But now, in keeping with Microsoft's "generosity" with the Android community, they've released a new update which will please existing users and maybe get new ones on board as well.

Android Community Weekly Digest: May 2, 2015

April might be over, but the month definitely went out with a bang. And although a lot of things did happen in those 30 long days, we cannot deny the commanding presence of the LG G4, which was finally officially revealed after half a dozen teasers, which actually didn't leave much to be surprised about. What was slightly surprising, however, was Microsoft's revelation that it would let Android apps be built for Windows 10 phones, to some extent. These and more in your latest edition of Android Community's Weekly Digest, covering the period from April 27 to May 2, 2015.

Windows 10 phones will support compiling Android, iOS apps

Your dream that someday, Microsoft's Windows will run Android and iOS apps might finally come true. The software giant is believed to be considering running once again mobile apps for the top two mobile platforms in the market today---not just separately but together in one phone running Windows 10. After the Nokia X (the last endangered phone), Nokia didn't make an attempt to make another one. And nope, the company is not rejoining the industry as finalized earlier this week.

Big tech companies provide help to disaster response efforts in Nepal

It was a sad weekend as tragedy struck Nepal. The country was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake causing damage all throughout the Kathmandu capital. The tech industry is especially mourning because Google executive Dan Fredinburg died in the Mount Everest avalanche as triggered by the earthquake. Death toll has recently hit 4,000 and number is expected to rise in the next few days as disaster response continues. Because of all these unfortunate events, tech companies have responded on their own by launching special programs and efforts to help the victims of the earthquake. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and T-Mobile are only some of those we know in the industry that are currently helping in the relief efforts.

It’s final: Nokia has no more plans to make or sell consumer handsets

Over the weekend, Nokia released an official statement reaffirming that it has "currently no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets". The former top phone manufacturer is very much determined not to rejoin the business contrary to what's being talked about in the industry. Last week, the company which sold its Devices & Services business to Microsoft last year was rumored to join the mobile business again. The former phone giant has been rumored to do all sorts of things like selling off its maps business but Nokia maintains that it will keep its world-leading patent portfolio, as well as, continue to honor the company's FRAND undertakings.
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