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Topic: Microsoft

Microsoft releases Edge browser for iPhone & iPad with roaming password, dark theme additions

11/30/2017, 11:11 am

Microsoft released its Edge mobile web browser for iOS on Thursday following a brief preview period, with the new browser aiming to provide Windows 10 users a 'continuous browsing experience' between their desktop and their iPhone or iPad.

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Apple, other companies pull Skype from Chinese app stores at request of government

11/21/2017, 11:11 am

Microsoft, Apple, and others have been forced by the Chinese government to withdraw the Skype app from app stores in the country -- and at present there is no timetable for its return to availability.

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Skype for iOS borrows from Snapchat by adding machine learning-based photo filters

11/09/2017, 02:11 pm

Microsoft has updated Skype for iOS to include new Snapchat-style filters in the iPhone and iPad messaging app, with the additional stickers and photo effects borrowing heavily from Sprinkles, an experimental iPhone camera app that relied on machine learning Microsoft released in April.

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Microsoft kills Kinect just as Apple dives into facial recognition with iPhone X Face ID

10/25/2017, 12:10 pm

With days until the launch of the iPhone X and its Face ID camera array, Microsoft's own motion sensing and facial recognition system for Xbox, dubbed Kinect, has been officially discontinued after a long period of languish. AppleInsider explains how Apple and Microsoft's separate facial recognition technologies -- one failed, one upcoming -- both share common roots.

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Microsoft revamps Cortana app for iOS with new look, streamlined UI

10/19/2017, 09:10 pm

Microsoft on Thursday updated its Cortana virtual assistant app for iOS, delivering a redesigned user interface that streamlines access to key features like reminders and daily calendars.

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As rumors of custom Apple MacBook CPUs persist, Microsoft teases ARM Windows laptops with multi-day battery life

10/18/2017, 10:10 am

Microsoft's ARM-powered laptop initiative could offer users exceptional battery life that could last for multiple days on a single charge, possibly paving the way for Apple to do the same with its more powerful A11 Bionic processor -- should it so choose.

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Microsoft reveals Surface Book 2 hybrid tablets, claims they're twice as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro

10/17/2017, 11:10 am

Microsoft is continuing its attempts to compete against Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro lines with an updated version of its tablet-notebook hybrid, with the Surface Book 2 boasting a new larger model and a USB-C port, alongside expected performance improvements.

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Microsoft pulls plug on Windows 10 Mobile, says userbase too small to support apps

10/09/2017, 11:10 am

Having long stuggled for marketshare versus the Apple iPhone and Google Android devices, Microsoft is effectively giving up on Windows 10 Mobile for the time being, a company executive said over the weekend.

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Microsoft brings Windows 10's Edge browser to Apple's iPhone in early preview form

10/05/2017, 12:10 pm

Microsoft on Thursday launched a preview version of its Edge Web browser for the iPhone, intended to let Windows 10 users move more seamlessly between desktop and mobile.

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Microsoft partners including Samsung, Dell, Lenovo to launch slew of Windows VR headsets in coming weeks

10/03/2017, 03:10 pm

In its push into the virtual and augmented reality market, which the company has branded as "mixed reality," Microsoft is leveraging its army of hardware partners, many of whom are releasing new virtual reality headsets over the next few weeks.

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Microsoft teases major Office for Mac updates, public version coming soon

10/02/2017, 07:10 pm

Microsoft on Monday issued a number of so-called "Insider Fast" builds of Office 2016 for Mac to Office Insider beta testers, teasing a slate of upcoming features that should roll out to consumers in the coming weeks.

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Apple switches from Bing to Google as default search platform in Siri, iOS Search, and Mac's Spotlight

09/25/2017, 12:09 pm

Apple is switching from Microsoft's Bing to Google as the default Web search provider for Siri, iOS Search, and Spotlight on the Mac, the company announced on Monday.

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Microsoft launches My Workspace Office 365 toolbar for Apple's macOS

09/08/2017, 12:09 pm

Microsoft this week debuted a new tool for Office 365 users on the Mac, bringing quick access to apps, files and information to the macOS menu bar.

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Amazon & Microsoft reveal plans to allow cross-access for Alexa and Cortana

08/30/2017, 11:08 am

In an industry first, Amazon and Microsoft have announced that people will soon be able to access Alexa from Cortana, and vice versa, including through iOS.

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NYPD handcuffed by investment in Microsoft's Windows Phone, now switching to Apple's iPhone

08/28/2017, 09:08 am

The New York Police Department must replace some 36,000 smartphones running Microsoft's defunct Windows Phone platform, and plans to provide its officers with replacement iPhones by the end of the year.

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Apple, Facebook, Google & others sign brief concerned about warrantless location tracking

08/15/2017, 12:08 pm

Several high-profile technology companies, including Apple, have submitted a amicus brief in a key case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expressing concerns about warrantless police access to cellphone location data.

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Leaked Microsoft memo points to high initial return rates for Surface Book & Surface Pro 4

08/14/2017, 01:08 pm

Problems with the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may be responsible for Consumer Reports's recent decision not to recommend the Surface line as a whole, a leaked Microsoft memo suggests.

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25% of Microsoft Surface owners report problems within 2 years, Consumer Reports finds

08/10/2017, 11:08 am

A new, large survey of Microsoft Surface owners found that a quarter of those using the hybrid devices experience problems by the second year of ownership, raising questions about the reliability of the company's iPad and MacBook competitors.

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Microsoft website reveals Touch Cover keyboard for Apple's iPad

08/02/2017, 11:08 am

A reference to an iPad keyboard accessory from Apple rival Microsoft was discovered on the Windows maker's website, suggesting the company may have a new wireless accessory in the works for the market's top tablet.

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Microsoft launches 'Surface Plus,' adapting iPhone Upgrade Program concept to PCs

08/01/2017, 01:08 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced "Surface Plus" and "Surface Plus for Business," two ownership plans that appear to mimic Apple's strategy with the iPhone Upgrade Program.

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