Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

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Microsoft opens Office Mobile for everyone, viewing and editing no longer restricted

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You probably heard today that Microsoft launched their Office suite for Apple’s iPad, but that wasn’t all Microsoft did today. I will stop you in your tracks, though. Microsoft did not announce that their Office suite was being released for Android; however, that is something that will probably be coming in the future. Across all platforms, including Android, Microsoft is making Office Mobile a free application. Previously, an Office 365 subscription was required to unlock all features. Viewing and editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents can be done on-the-go at no cost.

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Samsung goes after Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon in latest TabPRO ‘I Can Do That’ ad

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Samsung has been the king at knocking Apple products for a few years now, but with their latest commercial, they are going all out. They just released an ad for the TabPRO line of tablets titled, “I Can Do That,” and instead of just going head to head with the iPad, they decided to make fun of the Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire as well.

The commercial doesn’t sway from Samsung’s normal pattern. It shows various people doing things on their TabPROs that can’t be done with competitor devices.

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Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging

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Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month in order to make wireless charging a less fragmented system.

For Samsung, this is interesting as it shows they are willing to utilize another wireless charging standard. For Microsoft, however, it is a no-brainer since Nokia’s handsets utilize the WPC’s Qi wireless charging system. The WPC, A4WP, and PMA all have different standards, but this deal can move the three closer together in creating an overall cohesive experience for wireless charging.

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Google and Samsung worried about Microsoft-Nokia deal

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Google signage seen at the company's offices in New York

Google and Samsung are worried about the consequences of a successful takeover deal between Microsoft and Nokia. According to a new report by Bloomberg, Google and Samsung held a talk with China’s Ministry of Commerce regarding licensing fees, citing two government officials familiar with the matter.

The two companies asked the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that the Microsoft-Nokia deal would not result in higher patent licensing fees, specifically in wireless technologies that will remain under the control of Nokia. In addition, two other companies, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., have expressed their concern regarding this matter. The companies have asked the regulators to set conditions on the deal.

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Samsung partners with Microsoft to access Windows services using Knox

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The past week has seen a couple big announcements from Samsung regarding their Knox security architecture, like the ability to run apps outside of Knox yet receive benefits of secured data and Common Criteria certification. To really help users capitalize from their Samsung devices, Samsung has announced yet another development for Knox, support for a variety of Microsoft services. » Read the rest

Microsoft launches OneDrive along with new Android app

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A few weeks ago Microsoft announced that SkyDrive would now be known as OneDrive. Today that became a reality, and OneDrive is now official. For people who were already using SkyDrive that won’t really be a big change. Their service will automatically be upgraded, and existing apps will continue to work.

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Microsoft possibly looking into bringing Android apps to Windows Phone

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Here’s your crazy story for the day: Microsoft may be figuring out how to bring Android apps to their Windows platform.

Now that Microsoft has a new CEO in place, they’re inevitably going to try out some different new things to give their Windows Phone platform a shot in the arm. According to some close to Microsoft, this radical change would be to embrace Android apps to artificially inflate their app count. Now, we’ve seen BlackBerry try something similar, and it didn’t help them much, but Microsoft has quite a bit more clout to push its own services. » Read the rest

Thanks to licensing deals, Microsoft is Android’s biggest fan

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Remember all those licensing deals that Microsoft inked with Android manufacturers like HTC, Samsung, Acer and others? Well here’s a little update for you. Microsoft is making a whopping $2 billion from those deals annually. According to Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund, Microsoft is making an average of $5.00 per Android phone sold, and they have about 70% of the market covered with their deals between OEMs and ODMs. If you factor in 90% gross margin on these revenues, It’s estimated that Microsoft took in $1.6 billion for the 2013 fiscal year, and they are expected to bring in $1.73 billion for the 2014 fiscal year. 2015 will bring in $1.82 billion.

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Microsoft’s Xbox team tweets Xbox news – from an Android device

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Microsoft Xbox Twitter Android App

Microsoft’s Xbox team did what everyone would expect them to; they tweeted some information about Xbox gaming events. Normal, right? Well, apparently they handled all that tweeting from an Android device, using the official Android Twitter app. Oops.

There’s nothing wrong with using Android to handle your Twitter account. In fact, most of us here would approve of that. But it is a little odd that a major division of Microsoft, who heavily promotes Windows Phone and publicly tries to embarrass Google’s services, uses Android devices over Windows devices.

Microsoft has done other quirky things like this, such as releasing their Bing rewards app for iPhone and Android devices before Windows Phone. It’s obvious that Windows Phone isn’t doing as well as Android or iOS, but the captain is supposed to go down with the ship, right?

source: The Next Web