Microsoft working on customized Android launcher called Arrow Launcher

microsoft arrowIt’s been pretty clear that Microsoft would rather work on building apps and services for Android and iOS instead of pushing their own Windows Phone platform lately, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Windows Phone lacks a decent market share, so if Microsoft wants people to use their services, they’ll have to continue to rely on other platforms. Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft for bonus OneDrive storage and preloaded Microsoft apps is a pretty good indicator or this.

While Microsoft already offers apps for some of their own apps, like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, and all kinds of other things, their next step looks to be creating a standalone launcher for Android phones. The launcher, called Arrow Launcher, sticks to Microsoft’s design language pretty closely, although in its early stages its seriously lacking any customization, which is a big selling point for many Android launchers. Read more

Microsoft announces short message app Send

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Microsoft has announced the latest creation to come out of their Microsoft Garage unit, a new app called Send. The app is meant to serve as a tool for “brief, snappy communications” where an email is overkill but use of an IM or SMS app may not be feasible. Initially Send will work for users who have Office 365 business or school email accounts, although Microsoft expects to make it more widely available to other Office users in the coming months. Read more

Google Drive plug-in distracts you from using Microsoft’s OneDrive with Office

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Google wants you to make documents with Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Microsoft wants you to make documents with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Then, when storing those documents or any other files, the two companies are split between Drive and OneDrive. Among the benefits of sticking with one company’s services is how everything works seamlessly. Google, however, wants Microsoft Office users to enjoy the benefits of Drive despite using a competing service.

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What do you want for lunch? Let Tossup from Microsoft help you decide

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It seems to be a perennial issue for groups of friends or family – making a decision about when to get together and what to do or where to go. You are probably familiar with the dynamic if you have ever asked the question, “where do you want to go eat?” Invariably the responses come back as a bunch of “I don’t care” or “whatever” responses and if anyone ever makes an actual suggestion, the objections start to pour in. Microsoft is trying to come to the rescue for these situations with a new app called Tossup from their Microsoft Garage unit. Read more