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Microsoft releases new apps for Android

Microsoft has just released a slew of new apps for Android: MSN Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, News, Weather, Sports, and Money. Looks like the Redmond developers have been busy working on apps for a different platform it’s actually confusing. Not that there’s a law against who can and can’t make apps for Android but sometimes you’ll wonder why. But then again, Microsoft could just be very generous and kind that it’s bringing important programs to the mobile platform.

Next Lock Screen update: more personalization, weather status

Microsoft's experimental Garage Team came up with a bunch of pretty nifty Android apps ever since they started it earlier this year. One of the useful apps they developed was the Next Lock Screen, a time-saving quick launcher that lets you see the important things you need to see even when your smartphone is on locked screen mode. An update to the app now brings even more personalization options, which can be an alternative to the Android 5.0 Lollipop's new notification scheme.

Search through Bing at the shake of your phone with Torque

"Google it" has become a very common sentence or command in an era where search has become almost second nature to digital natives (and even digital newbies). But if you're the type of person to go "anti-establishment" or you feel like Google doesn't bring you the search results you really want or need, then your next best bet would be its competitor, Microsoft's Bing. An app, previously available on smartwatches only, can also now bring you quick results on your smartphone with just a shake.

Microsoft rolls out Skype for Web, still in beta mode

Microsoft seems to be doing a Google by introducing Skype for Web. The program is still in beta mode but it looks promising. This Google-like move refers to the software giant bringing the instant messaging to the web. This means no need to install Skype as a native app on your desktop because you can now enjoy the program on any web browser, on any device, anytime. It’s like using Hangouts on your computer.

84% of global smartphone shipments in Q3 were Android devices

The latest metrics are in from Strategy Analytics looking at the share of the global smartphone ecosystem held by each mobile operating system. The numbers show that Android is by far the most popular mobile operating system out there. Android captures 84% of the global smartphone market share for Q3 2014.

Microsoft Health app goes live ahead of Microsoft Band [UPDATE]

Everyone's getting into fitness these days, which is a good thing of course, from actual fitness companies to tech giants like Google and Apple. Microsoft, who is increasing its efforts at remaining relevant, naturally doesn't want to be left behind. It has been known, or rather leaked, that Microsoft is working on its own fitness-centric wearable, and part of that plan has already gone out today in the form of the Microsoft Health app.

OneDrive for Android updated with widget, recycle bin support

After announcing that all Office 365 subscribers will get unlimited cloud storage in the coming months, Microsoft has more good news for avid OneDrive users. Customers will never run out of storage space again with the cloud service and it will be easier to access with the updated Android and Windows Phone apps. Surprisingly, the iOS version of the app hasn’t been updated yet.

OneDrive offers Office 365 customers unlimited storage

We will never have shortage of cloud storage especially now when more companies are offering deals for unlimited storage. For one, all current Office 365 subscribers are lucky to receive unlimited OneDrive storage for free. This means all Office 365 Home, Personal, and University customers can store their files on the cloud service with no additional cost.
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