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Outlook for Android update: improved contact, calendar, search

Just when you thought that the Outlook for Android email app was already great enough to replace your other email apps, they come up with even more feature and improvements to win you over. The latest update brings much welcome enhancements to the contacts and calendar section of the app as well as in the search functions for the email. Pretty soon, you might even find yourself totally dependent on this app for your communication and even for productivity purposes.

Office 365 now offers mobile device management

The bigger your organization grows, the more people are added and the more devices are given access, whether within your physical office or for those working off-site. Protecting your company data while giving employees the freedom to work on whatever device is convenient for them (and where they want to work) is a delicate balancing act. Microsoft is now bringing mobile device management (MDM) capabilities for Office 365 business, enterprise, EDU and government plans.

Android apps may run on Windows Phone via an emulator

We're not really sure about the fate of Windows Phone but Microsoft seems to be not giving up on its very own mobile platform anytime soon. Five years into the mobile app arena, Microsoft has only delivered less than 200,000 Windows Phone apps. The number is very small compared to the millions ready for download from both the Google Play Store and the App Store. It may be far (or never) before the Windows Phone Store reaches that kind of milestone but Redmond seems to be thinking now of alternative ways on how to make Windows Phone more attractive.

Microsoft expands reach, partners with Android manufacturers

We’re seeing a lot of good movement from Microsoft these days, and this says a lot of good things about the new boss, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. We’ve seen how great the upcoming Windows 10 OS looks like, and we’re bracing for what Windows Phone will bring us this year or the next. In the meantime, the Redmond-based software giant is extending its reach as it looks to partner with Android manufacturers and place their software on devices.

Cyanogen raises $80M for anti-Google warchest

It’s been a while since someone had the guts and the cojones to take on Google at its own game, but most forward-looking people in the industry agree that it’s right about time someone did. Enter the loud and confident Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, Inc., last year’s enfant terrible of the mobile tech industry. His most recent fundraising round generated around USD$80 million, even famously without Microsoft’s support, and everything seems to be “green-and-go” for Cyanogen OS.

Xiaomi and Microsoft: acquaintances, not partners

Among the Windobws 10 related announcements that Microsoft made this week, perhaps the one that caused some flurry the most is its bombshell in China. Redmond announced, almost in passing, that it will be hooking up with some Xiaomi Mi 4 powers users to let them test Windows 10 on their devices, leading to some amount of rumor around Microsoft's and Xiaomi's seemingly new friendship. In response, ex-Googler and now Xiaomi exec Hugo Barra is clarifying some points, partly to appease some concerns from the Android community.

Microsoft Outlook update: better people and calendar features

The Microsoft Outlook Preview app for Android has surprised a lot of people by being actually pretty great and holding its own against well-established email apps like Gmail, Inbox, Mail, etc. A new update to the app brings even more improvements not just to the mail experience but even to the calendar and people (contacts) that are integrated with it.

Microsoft is cooking up a Windows 10 ROM for Xiaomi Mi 4

Microsoft just announced its stronger initiative to push its business further in China, by pushing Windows 10 harder, with a little help from Chinese companies. Among those namedropped was Xiaomi, where Microsoft explicitly mentioned that select Xiaomi Mi 4 power users will be able to test Windows 10 on their devices. This effectively meant that Microsoft is developing a ROM for the smartphone that will practically overwrite Android. Given how Xiaomi has been a strong Android player so far, it is unsurprising to see a few feathers ruffled and a few eyebrows raised.
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