Microsoft today updated their OneNote on Android app. It includes the ability to take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or with your finger. Also, it now includes variety of formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags. New in this version: • Take handwritten notes or draw with a stylus or with your finger. • Use a variety of formatting options like font types, font sizes, alignments, and tags on your tablet. • Move between your notebooks, sections, and pages with a swipe. • Bug fixes and performance improvements. •Support for LG G3 Download it here from Google Play Store for free. ...

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Until now, if you want to talk to someone on Skype, you both need to be connected on Skype as contacts. If they are not on your contact list, finding your friends on Skype may become a tedious process. Microsoft today announced a brand new feature for Android users that makes it easier than ever to find the people you’re looking for on Skype. Skype for Android will now automatically look for contact matches between Skype and your phone address book. With Skype 5.0 for Android, you’ll be able to connect Skype to your phone address book. This means it’s easier than ever to find contacts you already know on Skype so you can start chatting, calling and sharing instantly. After you download the latest Android update, in the coming months you’ll be prompted to verify your phone number. From there, the app will automatically look for contact matches between Skype and your address ...

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Skype is now available on all kinds of devices, from PCs and tablets, to Xbox Ones, TVs and smartphones of all shapes and sizes. Microsoft has now announced Skype app for Amazon Fire Phone devices. Microsoft Skype team worked with Amazon over the last couple of years to bring Skype to its Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets, and now for Fire phone. In addition to all the basic features, Microsoft has enhanced Skype for Android application to bring a more intuitive user experience that is consistent with the Fire phone look and feel. It will have the following new features, Through a widget that is visible from Fire’s Carousel, users can easily see their chats and notifications at a glance, without having to launch the Skype app and open chats with a one-click action. Finally, the customized Skype 3D icon and notification badge show Skype’s use of Fire phone’s ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that Azure Active Directory SDKs for iOS and Android have reached General Availability and available for download. In addition to that, Microsoft has added support for OS X for Mountain Lion and above. All these SDKs are also open source, so you can participate in the development process as we build these libraries. A few months ago we released previews of these SDKs. They allowed you to easily add Work Accounts support to your existing Android and iOS apps. A Work Account is an identity you use to get work done no matter if at your business or on a college campus. Anywhere you need to get access to your work life you’ll use a Work Account. The Work Account can be tied to an Active Directory server running in your datacenter or live completely in the cloud like when you use Office365. A Work Account will be how your users know ...

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As part of the reorganizations and layoffs announced today, Microsoft has decided to stop developing the MixRadio service it acquired from Nokia. However, the good thing Microsoft is doing is to spin-off MixRadio from Microsoft so that it could operate as independent company. Currently, MixRadio depends on the revenue from the devices pre-loaded with MixRadio. If it becomes an independent company, it should find a new business model to survive in the highly competitive online music streaming industry. Microsoft will continue to focus on developing and maintaining the best operating system for consumers to use music and entertainment with their choice of third-party applications along with their own Xbox Music platform. Speaking to Musically, Jyrki Rosenberg of MixRadio team said that he has seen very strong interest from investors in the US, Europe and Asia. “For me personally it’s very exciting. I’ve been meeting with potential investors around the world in the last few weeks. We ...

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Microsoft Research has released Climatology app for Android mobile devices. This mobile application gives the user climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain, sunniness and frost. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. This app is based on MSR’s FetchClimate project which provides ready access to complex geographical information including, but not limited to, climatological information. App Description: Climatology gives you climate information for anywhere on Earth: temperature, rain and sunniness. Whether finding where are the warm, dry places to go on holiday in December, or avoiding rain for your wedding, to finding out what the climate is like in Kazakhstan in April, Climatology allows you to discover the information you want. Climatology is powered by Microsoft Research’s technology, developed by Microsoft’s environmental scientists for climate-related scientific research. Climatology now makes this information easily available to everyone. Download it here from Google Play Store for free. ...

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Microsoft today announced a new website where OneNote users can share feedback and suggestions for improving OneNote. Currently, Microsoft relied on feedback from Microsoft Answers forum, social media, etc, for feedback from its users, this new feedback site should allow them to collect direct feedback from users. Also, they have separate sections for OneNote users and OneNote API developers. Today, we’re excited to announce a new and easier way to send us suggestions on how we can improve OneNote—the OneNote Feedback & Suggestions website. Our new site consists of two forums, one for OneNote users and one for software developers. In either forum, you can see suggestions submitted by other members of the OneNote community and vote for your favorites. You can also type a short description of your own idea into the “Enter your idea” box. If your suggestion matches an existing one, you can vote for it—you get ...

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Microsoft today updated their Bing Search app for Android in Play Store. This is a minor update with three notable features. This app now supports full screen browsing, support multiple browser tabs and more. What’s New: • Support for multiple browser tabs • Full-screen browsing support • Shortcuts to Bing Maps and News from the menu Bing Search App for Android allows you to find relevant answers on the internet. In addition, you can save money with Bing Rewards, keep up with trending stories and images, and set the daily homepage photo as your Wallpaper with one click. I use an Android device as my secondary smartphone and I use Bing everyday to enjoy beautiful daily homepage images. This app allows you to set them as your phone’s wallpaper with one click. Download Bing Search app from Play Store here. ...

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Microsoft today released an update to OneDrive for Android app in Play Store. This is a minor update which includes some neat improvements like Pull to refresh, ability to search for files and folders and more. What’s new in version 2.6.1 (for Android 4.0+): • New navigation drawer for switching between pivots • Search for your files and folders • Pull to refresh OneDrive allows you to store and share photos, videos, documents, and more. Since OneDrive apps are available everywhere, you can get to them when you’re on your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. With OneDrive for Android app, you can browse all your OneDrive files and files shared with you, share files by inviting people, sending a link, or sending files to another app, open your OneDrive files in other apps, quickly get to documents you’ve recently opened, automatically upload photos and videos to OneDrive using Camera backup an more. Download it here from Google Play ...

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Microsoft today announced updates to OneDrive apps for iOS and Android devices. In Android devices, OneDrive will now automatically upload your videos by default. Also they have updated the UI to make it feel more native to Android. It comes with an in-app navigation drawer that works just how you expect it to. Also, you have a new, dedicated search button means your important files are only a quick search away. For iOS, And on iOS, we’ve made uploads more reliable (so you should see fewer pesky notifications), enabled camera backup to occur in the background, and made it easier to work on your documents by opening them directly in Office Mobile on your iPhone or Office for iPad. Updates will be rolled out in the coming days. ...

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This is a surprise move from Microsoft Devices division. They have made Opera Mobile browser as the default browser for their Nokia X series devices. Nokia X2 device which was announced today comes with Opera as the default web browser. The Opera browser is also available for free to download from Nokia Store. Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software commented the following on the deal, “Our companies have enjoyed a long history together, and this represents a huge step forward for both of the companies,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “We have worked closely with the Microsoft Devices Group on this project, to make sure the users of Nokia X affordable smartphones can have the best web browsing experience right out of the box.” Opera for Android is a full-fledged web browser for mobile devices that puts the user in the driver’s seat with powerful, yet easy to understand features. Opera ...

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As expected, Microsoft today revealed the next generation Nokia X device named ‘Nokia X2′. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GM RAM, 4.3-inch ClearBlack LCD display, Dual Sim support and 1800 mAh battery. It also comes with a 5MP camera with flash and auto focus on the back as well as a front-facing camera. Display size: 4.3” Display technology: ClearBlack, LCD Processor name: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 RAM: 1 GB Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM Skype, Outlook.com and OneDrive with 15GB storage are available right out of the box. Nokia X2 is be priced at €99 and available immediately in select countries globally. It will be available in glossy green, orange and black, with glossy yellow, white and matt dark grey colors. In the press release, Microsoft also revealed that Nokia X family in selling well in emerging markets like India, Pakistan, etc,. “The Nokia X family is ...

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Microsoft Mobile division’s official blog today posted a teaser with the following text, Summer brings out our inner glow… …stay tuned to Conversations to find out what we’ve got in store. Since the teaser is in green and Nokia has always associated green color with Android/Nokia X series in the past, we can expect a new Nokia X series device on Monday. As per the previous leaks, the Nokia X2 Android device will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The device also scored an AnTuTu benchmarking score of 11827. Also, Microsoft is reportedly fixing the glaring UX flaw in the X series devices. Currently, Nokia X devices only have a back button on the front. As most of the Android users are used to having a home screen button on the front are finding it difficult to use the device. As per the report, Microsoft ...

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The original Nokia company today surprised everyone by releasing a launcher called Z Launcher for Android devices. This app comes from the Advanced Technologies Group of Nokia which Microsoft didn’t acquire. They are trying to make a more intelligent and personal mobile experience that’s better suited for real life. Throughout the day, Z Launcher will learning how you use your phone and promoting your favorite apps so you can get to them faster. Whether you’re texting a certain someone, trying not to search for apps in the car, or multi-tasking at the office, your screen changes based on your everyday life. The more you use it, the better it gets. The fastest way to find any app on your phone in one second is by scribbling in the first letter – right on the home screen. It’s easy. Download it for your Android device at https://www.zlauncher.com/.     ...

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business has been cleared to close in 16 markets where the deal was approved without any conditions. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) however approved the deal on certain conditions as they feared Microsoft may use its dominant patent resource to get more royalty out of Chinese OEMs. You can read Microsoft’s commitments is here. At that time, Microsoft revealed that Android devices are built on hundreds of patent “families” owned by Microsoft. A Chinese agency has now published the lists of patents on a Chinese-language webpage. You can download the longer list of 310 patents or read it below. The below document has three sections, in which 73 patents are classified as “standard-essential patents,” or SEPs which Microsoft should license to others on FRAND terms. There are 127 patents that Microsoft believes are used in Android devices. And there is another classification that has “non-SEP” assets, which includes 68 patent applications and 42 issued patents. Microsoft ...

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As announced at the Microsoft Exchange Conference (MEC) in March, Microsoft today released a native OWA mobile app to Android phones. This is a pre-release of this app available in the Google Play store. Microsoft is looking to gather feedback, fixing bugs and making sure the app is ready for prime time! You can vote which devices support Microsoft should add next by voting here. Can I use OWA for Android? Here are the requirements to use OWA for Android: Your device is running Android 4.4 Kit Kat or higher Your mailbox must be running on Office 365 for business (doesn’t include Office 365 personal, Office 365 Home or Outlook.com) Your device size is considered “small” or “normal” by Android OS So does this app do anything differently than OWA for iPhone? With OWA for Android, if you’ve enabled the app to sync your contacts to your device, you can update those contacts directly ...

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