Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard works with both Android and iOS

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Looking for a new Bluetooth keyboard for your Android tablet? You might want to consider the Universal Mobile Keyboard from Microsoft. That’s right you read that right….Microsoft. This one not only works with Windows, but it also works with Android and iOS too.

It might seem weird that Microsoft would offer a keyboard that works with Android, but if you think about the fact that they are pushing Office 365, it isn’t all that surprising. If you plan on using Office 365, you will need a keyboard if you want to be productive, and Microsoft figured they might as well join the party.


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OneDrive now supports files up to 10 GB

Microsoft OneDrive logoIf you’re a user of OneDrive you’ll be happy to know that the cloud storage service now supports files up to 10GB. Users will be able to upload these large files via the apps for Windows, Mac, the web site and all OneDrive mobile apps. According to Microsoft this feature is the highest requested feature. Business users will have to wait as the company works to bring support. But if you’re an Office 365 user with that one terabyte of storage burning a hole in your cloud storage wallet, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to fill up that space faster. Enjoy.

source: Microsoft

Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo all express interest in Cyanogen

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Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.


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Microsoft OneDrive app brings together personal and work accounts

 

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Separating personal and work accounts can be challenging and confusing with many apps and services. OneDrive, though, is making it simple with its latest Android app update. The cloud storage app from Microsoft will now let users maintain multiple accounts on a single device and separate them with ease. This ensures that your personal files do not get mixed in with work documents that can be pretty important. With this update, Microsoft fittingly brought in OneDrive for Business support to make everything happen seamlessly.

Hit the break for the changelog and download links.


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Microsoft reportedly working on Chromecast competitor

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With Chromecast’s booming popularity, everyone’s trying to come up with a competitor. Count Microsoft in. According to recent FCC filings, there’s a device Microsoft is working on codenamed HD-10, which features WiFi, HDMI support and a USB connection. A separate filing at the Wi-Fi Alliance website details that the device will use Microsoft’s Miracast to stream from a Windows Phone or Windows laptop to larger screens. This is obviously still very much in the works, so there’s still a lot to learn about the speculative device.

Source: The Verge

Microsoft OneNote optimized for Android tablets with handwriting support

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Just in time for students heading back to school, Microsoft has updated its note-taking application. OneNote, which is a go-to app for many, now supports handwriting on Android tablets. With either a finger or stylus (or Samsung’s S Pen), users can scribble write on their Android tablet with the OneNote app. Microsoft has included new formatting and font selections for the tablet experience. OneNote has also been improved with a cleaner user interface that matches Google’s design language for apps.

Hit the break for the video highlighting handwriting support and download links.
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Carriers recommend Samsung devices more than Apple and its iPhone

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The role of an employee in a carrier’s retail store is quite easy. They are there to sell a device. So they have some options as to what devices are the best for a particular consumer. New research conducted by Kantar Worldpanel shows that United States carriers are more inclined to recommend a Samsung device rather than an iPhone from Apple.
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Microsoft files lawsuit against Samsung for Android royalty payments

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It may come as a surprise, but Microsoft owns a lot of patents used in Android devices. In 2011 after a dispute over licensing fees, the tech behemoth entered a cross-licensing agreement with Samsung, allowing the allies to share one another’s intellectual property at a cost. Today, Microsoft has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to force Samsung to hold up their end of the bargain.


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Android gobbles up 85 percent of global smartphone shipments in Q2 2014

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According to new industry data from Strategy Analytics, Android is doing pretty well.

The numbers show that the operating system shipped on roughly 85 percent of all smartphones in Q2 2014 — the total shipments came out to 295 million units worldwide.

This can’t be good news for Apple, Microsoft and Blackberry, although their numbers are most likely much better when the statistics are including only American shipments.

To see the full report, hit the source link.

Source: Strategy Analytics