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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.

Outlook enters preview stage for Android

Microsoft announced this week that the official preview for Outlook for Android is now available to download. The app is available for Android tablets and smartphones. Microsoft figures that the reason users will want to move from the native Android mail app they are using now is because Outlook for Android is more like working with email on a desktop than other apps out there.

Next Lock Screen updated, now with more messaging support and music controls

The experimental Garage Team of Microsoft has been busy working on new apps and updates of existing apps. The Next Lock Screen app for Android was updated only last December but more improvements have been added recently by the Microsoft Garage Team. The Next Lock Screen for Android now has Music Player Controls, more multimedia messaging (MMS) support, enhanced instant messaging support, and improved performance on memory usage aside from the expected bug fixes.

Preview of Microsoft Office apps for Android tablets now expanded

Back in November 2014, Microsoft opened up a preview for their Office apps for Android tablet users who wanted to get a feel of what it would be like to have Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on their devices. They've now announced that they are making it easier for interested tablet users to get access to these preview apps by making it readily available on the Google Play Store.

Snail Games to release Obox gaming console at CES 2015

You’ve seen it before, and you’re likely to see it again – whatever the big manufacturers can do, China can do as well. Snail Games, an online gaming outfit based in China is planning to take on Sony and Microsoft by putting out an Android gaming console called Obox Online, scheduled to be launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas just a few weeks from now.