Microsoft is showing love to all platforms in 2014. And now the company has released the PowerPoint, Excel, and Word web applications into the Chrome Web Store. Now Microsoft’s Office suite is fully accessible from a Chromebook, a thought that would have been laughed at just months ago when the company was running ‘Scroogled’ advertisements. After installing the applications, the Office suite is just a click away.
A year after the Outlook Web App (OWA) application was released for iOS, Steve Chew, Microsoft’s senior product marketing manager, announced earlier this week that the app will soon be available for Android users as well.
“We know that nearly half of emails are now first seen on the phone. So it’s clear that phone is becoming the primary screen for communications… On iPhone and iPad, we released the OWA app last year. And today we announced that we will be releasing the OWA app for Android as our latest step in that journey,” the company wrote on its blog. » Read the rest
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 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.
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
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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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
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.
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
Microsoft has announced that they are bringing their Bing Rewards program to Android and iOS with Windows Phone devices in the works, although one would think Microsoft would bring this to their WP’s first rather than their competitors? Either way, Android users can now take advantage of this if we wish.
What exactly is this? In Microsoft’s attempt to promote their Bing search. It’s the Rewards program lets users earn credits while using Bing on their devices (just go to bing.com/rewards on your device browser), and then redeem them for goods and other products. You can receive items such as gift cards from Amazon.com, Xbox Live, Fandango, and Starbucks, the chance to enter a sweepstakes.