Samsung, Microsoft expand partnership to bring more services to Android devices

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Samsung and Microsoft have announced they are expanding their partnership, a move that will lead to more Microsoft services and apps being pre-installed on Samsung Android devices. The cornerstone of the new plan will be a Microsoft Office 365 and Samsung KNOX Business Pack which will be available as soon as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are released.
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Microsoft preparing to launch Cortana on Android and iOS

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For companies involved with mobile devices, having a digital assistant is a must. They let users have personalized content centralized in one place without being redirected to other services. Some of the more widely known digital assistants are Google Now, Apple’s Siri, Amazon Echo, and Samsung’s S Voice. Typically, these digital assistants stay restricted to their creator’s devices or platforms. Microsoft, however, believes that multiple platforms should have access to its digital assistant.


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Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 will come preloaded with several Microsoft apps

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_standing_blueWhile Samsung may have trimmed some of the bloat from the Galaxy S 6 (and the S 6 Edge), it looks like it’s still going to come preloaded with things you may or may not want. Microsoft’s Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive applications will come standard on your GS6, although you’ll still get to snag that free 100 GB of free OneDrive storage space that Samsung is giving away, so it’s not all bad.

This isn’t the most subtle way to get Microsoft services into the hands of Android users, but it’s definitely going to be an effective one. Google may not like the move, but hey, that’s the beauty of Android being more open than other platforms.
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Microsoft releases Keyboard for Excel that works across all apps

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Tapping out numbers on any tablet keyboard can be tedious. Think about having to work on a spreadsheet with a tablet. Constantly, you will have to go between the letters and the numbers/symbols. Microsoft Garage, which allows for the fostering of new ideas from within the company, has produced Keyboard for Excel. The keyboard layout is optimized for the use of numbers. Keyboard for Excel offers a number bad on the far right just as many full-sized physical keyboards do. Although the keyboard is tailored for Microsoft Excel, it is capable of operating in other apps.

The following are the key features listed by Microsoft:

  • Keyboard layout optimized for numbers
  • Excel operators prioritized in the keyboard layout
  • 10-key number layout for fast number entry
  • Tab key for quick navigation across columns

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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Search apps, including Siri, Cortana, and Google Now may be saving recordings of your commands

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A user on reddit has posted about his experience as a new employee with a company that has access to voice recordings that he claims are commands given to mobile devices. According to this individual, some of the recordings specifically refer to Siri, Apple’s voice-activated search and command app. The reddit poster also implicates Microsoft’s solution, Cortana, and other posters have pointed out that Google is also saving Google Now commands. Although this user has access to the recordings, the employer is none of these major companies.
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Microsoft eyeing Dropbox users with 100GB of OneDrive storage offer

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Companies with cloud storage services can always provide more space to retain existing users or pry others away from the competition. Right now, current Dropbox users can move over to OneDrive and receive 100GB of storage at no cost for one year. Taking advantage of this offer will require both Dropbox and Microsoft accounts. Once Microsoft verifies everything, a document for new OneDrive users will be added to Dropbox. Then Microsoft will freely add 100GB of storage to OneDrive to confirm completion.

The promotion is designated for people in the United States; however, select international users are seeing identical results.

Source: Microsoft
Via: TechnoBuffalo

[Deal] Get 100GB of OneDrive storage for free through Bing Rewards

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Through their Bing Rewards program, Microsoft is offering users access to 100GB of OneDrive storage for a two-year period. The offer is good until the end of February.

To take advantage of this special offer, you need to start out with a Microsoft account. If you already have a Microsoft account, sign-in at microsoft.com. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for one for free.
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European Parliament will not use Microsoft Outlook apps due to “security issues”

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Shortly after it launched on mobile devices, the European Parliament has blocked Microsoft Outlook from internal use. The Microsoft Outlook app, which arrived last week on Android and iOS, has been deemed insecure by the government’s information technology (IT) department. Why? Apparently, the apps share password information with Microsoft and emails are stored in a third-party cloud that the European Parliament does not have access to.


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