Microsoft

Outlook update: better security, swipe gestures, IMAP support

When Microsoft released their Outlook mobile app on Android a few weeks ago, they promised to have updates every week, to make it worth your while even though they might be late into the game already. Well, they're delivering on their promise, as several new features are in their latest update, all with the goal of making life easier for its users and trying to convince always-mobile people to switch to their app.

More Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks: Microsoft Apps, design, dates

Things are definitely heating up for MWC 2015 and this week alone we're getting a load of information about the upcoming Galaxy S6. Of course, all of these are unofficial, though coming from "reliable sources" or "insiders", so take them with a grain of salt. But if even half of them came true, it would still make Samsung's flagship a very interesting and formidable contender in the smartphone market. Since we've pretty much heard all that we can about the hardware, now we're going to focus on the software and the overall design of the device.

It’s official: Microsoft buys Sunrise calendar

You may have heard whispers this week that Microsoft is out to get popular calendaring app and service Sunrise. Well, those are rumors no more as the two have just announced the acquisition. The purchase of Sunrise is just one of the latest moves that Microsoft seems to be making to redefine and redesign its productivity products, which may also speak of the once slow-moving giant's new drive to make itself and its products more relevant in a computing age that is moving away from traditional desktop thinking.

Yammer update: better Android Wear support, interactive notifications

Whether we like it or not, the mobile workplace has been in full effect for some years now, letting us work from wherever we are. Apps and productivity suites are trying to make our lives easier (or harder, depending on how you feel about always being in work mode). Yammer, the enterprise social networking service from Microsoft, has added more functionalities in their latest update, further integrating Android Wear into its whole gamut of services.

Qualcomm enlists OEM support for Snapdragon 810

The growth of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chip has not at all been smooth sailing – the run up of the new SoC has been plagued with performance and overheating issues. But Qualcomm has now enlisted the help of a number of major OEMs to give their stamp of approval for the new processor. In light of this, we expect consumers to still be wary, as Qualcomm has really not approached the issues head on.

Microsoft Garage Project intros new Picturesque Lock Screen

This seems a bit weird but Microsoft is getting busy making more Android apps under the Microsoft Garage Project. It's a community of developers, artists, investors, musicians, hackers, and artists that aims to to come together to share ideas and build new projects. A number of apps already resulted from the Garage. For one, there's the Next Lock Screen which was recently updated with more personalization and weather status. Here's a new one from the same guys: the Picturesque Lock Screen.

Microsoft invested in Cyanogen’s anti-Google war chest, says tip

According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has invested in Cyanogen, Inc., making a small contribution in the $70 million of the $100 million that the startup claims to have been able to raise. The startup has so far only accounted for the $30 million of the total. More than just a magnanimous donation, however, this move is seen to be Redmond's play to wrest control of Android away from Google, a sentiment that it shares with Cyanogen. Of course, this rumor is likely to raise many mixed emotions over the future of the platform and Microsoft's involvement.
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