Skype Kills Its Standalone Video Messaging App Qik

 Skype Qik, Microsoft’s attempt at spinning off video messaging into a simplified mobile application, is shutting down. The app was first introduced in fall 2014 to serve a different audience than the larger, more fully-featured, Skype application. Instead of offering real-time chat, screen sharing and audio and video calling, Qik was designed only for asynchronous video messaging. Read more about Skype Kills Its Standalone Video Messaging App Qik[…]

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Group Video Calling Arrives In Skype’s Mobile Apps

 In January, Skype announced it would soon roll out free group video calling to users on mobile devices, including iOS and Android. Today, Microsoft has followed through on that promise. The company says that it has now started to introduced group calling on smartphones and tablets in North America and Western Europe, to be followed Read more about Group Video Calling Arrives In Skype’s Mobile Apps[…]

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Hulu Comes To Windows 10

 Hulu’s streaming service was already available on nearly all major platforms, including desktop, mobile, tablet, gaming consoles and other TV-connected devices. However, it was lacking support for one major computing platform: Windows 10. That changes today, as Microsoft and Hulu announce a new version of Hulu application, which includes Windows 10 specific features like Live Read more about Hulu Comes To Windows 10[…]

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Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)

 Even Microsoft’s new image recognition app has no idea what kind of dog I have. Oh well! If you don’t own a mixed-breed mutt saved from the kill shelter, however, you might have fun with the company’s latest Microsoft Garage project: Fetch!, a new iPhone app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed. Or, Read more about Microsoft’s New App “Fetch!” Tells You What Kind Of Dog You Are (And It Can ID Your Dog, Too)[…]

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Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

 Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the company this week rolled out new iOS and Android applications with features like a barcode scanner for price comparisons, a Read more about Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers[…]

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SwiftKey’s Timely Exit

 Another European startup exits to an American tech giant. Predictive keyboard app maker SwiftKey, based in London, confirmed today it has sold to Microsoft. Sources put a price-tag of $250 million on the deal, although neither SwiftKey nor Microsoft are confirming a figure. Read More Source: Microsoft News

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Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)

 Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey — a startup based out of London that makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices and is already installed and used on some 300 million devices. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed but sources close to the deal tell us it’s $250 million Read more about Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)[…]

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Microsoft Launches A Bing-Powered News App For iOS Devices, News Pro

 Microsoft today unveiled yet another application aimed at iOS users, with the launch of a news application that greatly resembles Apple’s own News application that comes built into iOS 9. Called “News Pro,” Microsoft’s app aims to offer readers a personalized experience by connecting them to articles that match their current interests, while also uncovering… Read More Source: Microsoft News

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Microsoft’s Personal Assistant Tech, Cortana, Now Generates Reminders From Emails

 Microsoft’s personal assistant tech Clippy Cortana is getting a few more feathers in its cap, with the company rolling out the ability to push reminders to users based on the contents of their email. Users of the Windows Insider early access program will get the feature first — followed in future, Microsoft said today, to Read more about Microsoft’s Personal Assistant Tech, Cortana, Now Generates Reminders From Emails[…]

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Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings

 Following yesterday’s news of its planned support for group calling on mobile, Skype just launched an integration with Microsoft’s mobile email and calendar application, Outlook. In the updated iOS app, a new setting allows you to turn on a “Skype Meeting” option when you’re either creating or editing an event within Outlook. By doing so, Outlook… Read Read more about Outlook’s Mobile App Gets Integrated With Skype For Easier Access To Calls And Meetings[…]

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PowerBall – Office Pool APP

  All this talk about the $1.4 billion jackpot, had me wondering: are there any apps out there to simplify a group of people buying into lottery tickets? Of course there is!  “Lottery Pool Boss” helps you keep track of who’s in which pool, and who has paid how much. The free Android app also Read more about PowerBall – Office Pool APP[…]

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We’re Close

 All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before we ever sat down to watch a movie, we’d hang out at a playhouse to watch a live show. The people who Read more about We’re Close[…]

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Microsoft Builds Android App Store For Its Own Android Apps Inside Of The Android App Store

 Microsoft has a new app out called ‘Microsoft Apps‘ on Android that contains a list of its Android apps that you can download on the Android app store. There are two parts to this development. The first is that Microsoft’s cross-platform work continues, and that the company has yet to let up an inch on Read more about Microsoft Builds Android App Store For Its Own Android Apps Inside Of The Android App Store[…]

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