Bing for iPhone gains private mode, revamped Image search, app links in search results and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2015

Microsoft today refreshed Bing for iPhone, adding more than half a dozen useful new features and enhancements, beginning with the Private Search Mode which will not remember your search history and sites you have visited.

Other new features include better management of your search history settings, the ability to launch native iPhone applications right from the search results page, inline previews of clips in Video search and more. Read More

 

Microsoft’s Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault hit iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Thursday, Microsoft Studios unleashed a pair of new triple-A games for the iPhone and iPad unto the App Store. Both Halo: Spartan Strike and Halo: Spartan Assault pit you against an insurmountable Covenant force and are now available at $5.99 each.

Spartan Strike files as a top-down shooter which makes you a Spartan supersoldier tasked with battling evil forces.

Spartan Assault is the original Halo top-down shooter that plays through the historic first missions of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4 as Commander Palmer. Read More

 

Search images faster without typing in Bing

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 16, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today announced that Bing for iPhone and Android now makes it easy to find images faster than before, without typing or by typing less.

The new search experience is now live on iPhone and Android devices in mobile browsers and lets you search images with “no typing required to discover more”. Read More

 

Microsoft releases ‘Office Delve’ app for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 15, 2015

Building upon its already enormous library of iOS software, Microsoft on Tuesday released ‘Office Delve‘ for iPhone. The app serves as a mobile client to Microsoft’s Office Delve service, which connects Office users to relevant people and documents.

The official tagline of the iPhone app is “find and discover documents through people you work with.” Microsoft says the app will allow you to see what you and your colleagues are working on across Office 365 and suggest relevant documents to you. Read More

 

Microsoft releases Office Lens scanning app for iPhone on App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Microsoft on Thursday launched a brand new scanning application for the iPhone, called Office Lens. Available free of charge in the App Store after first launching on Windows Phone a year ago, Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner.

The app lets you crop, straighten, enhance and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable.

Scans of your docs are automatically saved to OneNote and are editable on any device, though you can save them into OneDrive or your preferred cloud storage service. Read More

 

Microsoft announces low-cost $499 Surface 3

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015

Microsoft on Tuesday upped the ante in the tablet race by announcing a new version of its Surface tablet/laptop hybrid, the Surface 3. Matching the iPad Air’s starting price, the $499 device is being advertised as Microsoft’s lightest, thinnest and least expensive tablet yet.

This non-Pro, low-cost version of the Surface runs Intel’s new 1.6GHz quad-core Atom x7 chip (the highest performing Atom processor on the market) rather than an ARM-based processor, putting another nail in the Windows RT coffin.

The hybrid device has two gigabytes of RAM and sixty-four gigabytes of flash storage, runs full Windows 8.1, is upgradable to Windows 10 and offers an optional colorful keyboard at $129 for a $628 total before taxes. Read More

 

Microsoft bringing Cortana personal assistant to iOS this fall

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 13, 2015

Microsoft has been hard at work developing an iOS and Android version of its Siri-like personal assistant, Cortana, which could hit the iPhone and iPad as a standalone application sometime in the fall 2014 timeframe, Reuters reported Friday.

The software giant currently provides Cortana on Windows phones and is set to launch it on desktop with the arrival of Windows 10 this fall.

Windows 10 integrates Cortana so users can perform queries and get various answers just by asking. Read More

 

OneNote for iPhone gains note previews, Mac edition improves collaboration

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 12, 2015

Thursday, Microsoft made the iPhone and Mac edition of OneNote even better by adding previews to help quickly find notes on the Apple smartphone while bringing out more notebook sharing enhancements on the Mac.

Note previews are comprised of a headline and an excerpt of the text and include a small thumbnail to help visualize its contents.

These snapshots are readily glanceable from your page list and your Recent Notes list and even incorporate handwriting so it’s really easy to quickly locate the note you want to read or edit on the go. Read More

 

Microsoft debuts Office for Mac 2016 public beta

By Jake Smith on Mar 5, 2015

Microsoft has released the public beta of Office for Mac 2016 on its Microsoft Office webpage, most notably bringing a redesign and Retina support to the suite of apps. The beta can be downloaded for free and provides an alternative to Apple’s iWork suite. Read More

 

How to get 100GB of free OneDrive storage

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

Microsoft’s cloud storage thing called OneDrive has been on fire lately. The service has been generous with free space in the past few months. For starters, each account gets fifteen gigabytes of free storage and Office 365 subscribers get to enjoy unlimited storage as long as they continue paying their subscription. For some time now the Windows maker’s been offering free OneDrive storage to US residents who’ve signed up for Bing Rewards program.

Starting today, this offer is now available globally so everyone can now get 100GB of free OnDrive storage for two years. Here’s how you can claim your free storage. Read More

 

OneNote for iPad gains handwriting, stylus support with palm rejection and OCR for images

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2015

After updating the Mac edition of OneNote with enhanced optical character recognition (OCR) features and other goodies yesterday, Microsoft on Thursday announced that users of OneNote for iPad can now extract text within all images that are added to notebooks saved on OneDrive.

In addition, the iPad application now has handwriting support, a top requested feature which permits users to highlight documents, scribble notes or just draw sketches with their finger. With this update, handwriting is now available in OneNote across all platforms. Read More

 

OneNote for Mac gains enhanced OCR features and other goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 18, 2015

After adding the ability search for words in images to OneNote for the iPhone, iPad and Mac last summer, Microsoft today refreshed the Mac client by enhancing the somewhat limited functionality of the optical character recognition (OCR) feature.

In addition, the software contains other perks such as the ability to hide author initials in shared notebooks from the View tab and close the OneNote window without quitting the app.

OneNote for the Mac, iPhone and iPad is available at no cost through the Mac App Store and App Store. Read More

 

Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iOS gain iCloud storage integration

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 17, 2015

Windows maker Microsoft today announced it’s bringing out new cloud storage integration to Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone and iPad, including the iCloud file picker on iOS and Office Online integration for viewing and editing.

The much appreciated support for Apple’s cloud-based storage permits customers to store their documents, presentations and spreadsheets to iCloud and access them on their other iOS and Mac devices. Read More

 

Parallels Desktop 10 gains experimental support for Office/Windows 10 Technical Preview

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 11, 2015

Our own Jeff Benjamin showed you earlier how anyone can try Windows 10 Technical Preview on their Mac for free, using VMware Fusion.

But if you use Parallels’ award-winning virtualization software, you must check out its most recent update.

Announced today, it enables experimental support for running both Office 10 and Windows 10 previews on your Mac. Read More

 

Skype for iPhone introduces new chat picker, brings back URI support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Microsoft today released an update to Skype for iPhone in the App Store. In addition to general improvements, Skype 5.10 for iPhone lets you quickly call people and groups straight from a new chat picker: just tap on a new chat icon and choose who to talk to.

The update enhances Skype’s dialer with a useful auto-complete feature that searches for Skype contacts as you’re entering a phone number.

Most importantly, the new version brings Skype URI support back to iPhones so third-party developers can again write apps that integrate with Skype. Read More

 

How to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac with VMware Fusion

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 5, 2015

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available for free download and trial, but just because you’re on a Mac doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the fun. Windows 10 brings new features to the table like Cortana voice assistant integration, improved multitasking, and more.

In this full tutorial, I’ll show you how to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on your Mac using VMware Fusion. In the video walkthrough, I show you how to install Windows 10 on your Mac in less than 15 minutes. Read More

 

Microsoft snaps up cross-platform calendar app Sunrise

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 4, 2015

Microsoft has just acquired the popular calendar app Sunrise. TechCrunch, which first learned of the deal, has pegged the value of the transaction at a cool $100 million.

Sunrise has an awesome iPhone and iPad app in the App Store. It’s also available for the Mac, across other mobile platforms and in the form of a responsive, lightweight application which runs smoothly in a web browser. Read More

 

Microsoft releases native Outlook app for iOS

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft on Thursday released the official Outlook email client in the App Store (not to be confused with the native Outlook Web App for the iPhone). Optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, the iOS 8-only app is based on Microsoft’s $200 million purchase of the popular mobile email app Acompli.

Featuring a built-in calendar, comprehensive search features, gesture-based interface akin to Dropbox-owned Mailbox and support for popular cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s own OneDrive service, it brings together the core tools you need to get things done in one sweet package. Read More

 

Microsoft just made OneDrive totally awesome

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2015

Wednesday, Microsoft rolled out an all-new version of its OneDrive sync client for the Mac while bringing out a plethora of really cool features on the web and releasing a revamped iOS app.

The iOS client now supports OneDrive for Business accounts so basically your work and life can now be on all your Apple devices in a single app.

Not only does the redesigned iPhone and iPad app look nicer, it also lets you search photos by tags and create gorgeous albums. It even recognizes text in photos and PDFs and integrates with the popular password-management software 1Password and LastPass. Read More

 

Microsoft unveils 84-inch touch display and augmented reality headset

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

In addition to officially unveiling Windows 10 at its, Microsoft made a number of other interesting announcements at its Redmond, Washington event this morning. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for the first year, will play a lot nicer with Xbox One, and has a new web browser on the way.

But two of the most interesting announcements involved products that most people had no idea Microsoft was working on: the Surface Hub and the HoloLens. The former is an 84-inch 4K touchscreen display, and the latter is a futuristic visor that overlays holographic imagery onto your view. Read More

 
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