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Nokia plays off Android KitKat, asks us to have a break from Samsung and Android

As we all know, the folks over at Microsoft and Nokia aren't doing so great in the mobile space. Although, Microsoft looks to change that with their recent acquisition and buyout of Nokia. They'll soon be taking the same approach as Apple and now Google, by having their own hardware company. In light of Sundar Pichai announcing Android 4.4 KitKat, Nokia's now begging us all to "have a break" from Android.

Google and Microsoft team up against the feds over NSA spat

The thought of Google and Microsoft teaming up certainly is an odd one, given all the trouble and past legal battles Microsoft has aimed at Google's Android, but it's for the greater good. This week we've learned that Google and Microsoft teamed up and have sued the US government. Taking on the feds directly in an attempt to have more freedom and transparency.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months time

Steve Ballmer hasn't always been friendly to Android. In fact, he once referred to Android as “wild,” “uncontrolled,” and susceptible to malware and went on to talk about how he believes Android is "not in the consumers best interest." Anyway, given some of those earlier comments we suspect some of the more loyal Android users have harsh feelings towards Ballmer. But that being said, it is hard to ignore when a CEO of a large company announces his retirement plans.

Office Mobile for Android arrives for Office 365 users

Office Mobile arrived for iOS users a few weeks back and as of today the app has arrived for those carrying an Android device. The app is available by way of the Google Play Store and is dubbed Office Mobile for Office 365. The app itself is free to download, however as the name would imply -- it is intended for Office 365 users. Specifically, for Office 365 users with an active subscription.

OneNote for Android adds new features, consistent cross-platform experience

Microsoft OneNote for Android has recently been updated. Microsoft is touting this as being a major update, one they are referring to as version 2, though the app store shows the true version as being 15.0.1827.2300. Putting that mouthful of a version number to the side and we find an update that brings a more consistent experience across devices.

Microsoft’s Age of Empires expected for Android by years end

It looks like Microsoft has plans to make some games available for Android users. This all stems from a report in Nikkei and unfortunately doesn't offer much in the way of specifics in terms of which titles we will be seeing. There was one specific title mentioned, but otherwise it was said this will involve Xbox and PC based games.

GALAXY S 4 under attack in latest Windows Phone commercial

Sigh. I don't even know where to start with this one. The folks over at Microsoft have a new commercial that's making the rounds where they've put the flagship and top-tier Samsung GALAXY S 4 against the Nokia Lumia 521. Yes the budget friendly 521 and it's 1 GHz dual-core processor and low price is being compared to the king of all Android phones. It's pretty comical so take a peek below.

Ex Microsoft man Steven Sinofsky uses an HTC One

As each big player in the mobile and technology world takes the stage at the D11 conference, we learn something neat and new. For those wondering just who Steven Sinofsky is, well, he's the former President of Windows over at Microsoft. One who left in November of last year, and now has no problem announcing that he uses an Android device, not Windows Phone.