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Microsoft's Bing & Cortana apps for iPhone add 3D Touch, other new features

02/04/2016, 01:02 pm

Microsoft on Thursday updated two of its iPhone apps -- Cortana and Bing Search -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, along with a number of other new upgrades.

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Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part of AI buildout

02/02/2016, 08:02 pm

Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence program with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard of the same name.

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Microsoft launches business-oriented News Pro aggregator for iPhone, Web

01/26/2016, 04:01 pm

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced News Pro, a news aggregator for both iPhones and the Web that takes a different tack thanks to its dependence on Bing News, and a focus on business-related topics instead of general interests.

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Microsoft Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore tweets from an Apple iPhone

01/26/2016, 12:01 pm

In the midst of a monthslong leave of absence from his post as head of the company's operating systems group, longtime Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore on Tuesday tweeted from an iPhone, which made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

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Microsoft's iOS keyboard to feature one-handed mode, coming soon to testers

01/25/2016, 05:01 pm

One week after rumors surfaced claiming Microsoft has plans to bring its Word Flow mobile keyboard app to iOS, a report on Monday now says an early version is already in testing and will bring a special one-handed operating mode to Apple's devices upon release.

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Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs meltdown

01/24/2016, 09:01 pm

Microsoft Surface Pro tablets stopped working on the sidelines of a major U.S. football game today, causing a spectacular black eye for the struggling product just as its maker was performing an advertising blitz for the hybrid tablet device integrated into the game itself.

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Microsoft adds 3D Touch, illustrated annotations to Office for iOS

01/21/2016, 12:01 pm

Microsoft on Thursday updated the core Office for iOS apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as several other features, such as illustrated annotations.

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Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow, to iOS

01/18/2016, 10:01 am

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing the Windows Phone keyboard -- known as Word Flow -- to iOS devices, marking the arrival of yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

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Microsoft offering up to $250 for Apple Watch users to trade in for a Band 2

01/15/2016, 01:01 pm

Microsoft is taking direct aim at rival Apple in a new promotion, which offers Apple Watch owners up to $250 in credit toward the purchase of a new Microsoft Band 2.

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Office 2016 for Mac updates with fullscreen Outlook, other new features

01/13/2016, 01:01 pm

Microsoft on Wednesday updated Office 2016 for Mac, adding not just bugfixes but new features for all of the apps in the suite, such as Outlook and PowerPoint.

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Microsoft rep pans iPad Pro, says Apple's tablet is 'always going to be a companion device'

01/12/2016, 12:01 pm

Apple's foray into large-format touchscreen productivity is by its very nature incapable of being the same kind of standalone workhorse as Microsoft's Surface line, a spokesperson for the Redmond-based company said this week.

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Windows 10 now on more than 200 million devices, Microsoft says

01/04/2016, 11:01 am

A little over five months since its official release date, Windows 10 is now installed on over 200 million devices worldwide, Microsoft said in a Monday announcement.

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Microsoft mulling Apple TV competitor in slimmed-down Xbox One, report says

12/30/2015, 10:12 pm

Rumors of a "lightweight" Xbox One are gaining steam as 2016 approaches, with a report on Wednesday claiming Microsoft is experimenting with a gaming console hybrid device that could take on Apple TV.

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iPhone 6s leads top consumer tech searches in Google's 2015 'Year in Search'

12/16/2015, 09:12 am

The iPhone 6s was the most searched-for consumer technology item this year in Google's annual Year in Search rankings, published on Wednesday, though Apple did have competition from companies like Samsung and LG.

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Cortana for iOS launching on Wednesday, Microsoft announces

12/09/2015, 10:12 am

Microsoft's voice assistant, Cortana, will be available on "select" iPhone and Android devices starting on Wednesday, with Cyanogen OS suport coming later this month, according to an official blog post.

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Former Microsoft CEO says Windows 10 universal apps "won't work," questions cloud revenue

12/02/2015, 11:12 pm

Steve Ballmer, who remains Microsoft's largest shareholder, offered some scathing criticism of how the company is reporting its revenues and profit margins from cloud services and hardware, as well as its universal app strategy for wooing developers to create apps for Windows devices.

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IDC offers a rosy forecast for Microsoft Surface, reminiscent of its 2012 Windows Phone outlook

12/02/2015, 06:12 pm

Four years ago, IDC issued a prediction--disguised as fact--that claimed Windows Phone would eclipse Apple's iPhone by 2015. While laughable in hindsight, IDC now says Microsoft's Surface sales will improve at the expense of iPads, offering an even less plausible explanation for why this could happen.

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Larger tablets like Apple's iPad Pro & Microsoft's Surface Pro predicted to squeeze out smaller, cheaper models

12/02/2015, 09:12 am

The launch of the iPad Pro signals a major shift in the tablet market, two new forecasts predict, calling for cheaper vendors selling smaller tablets to be affected by consumer demand for newer, larger, and more powerful hardware.

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US Congress, corporations get behind Email Privacy Act to shield online communications from searches

12/01/2015, 05:12 pm

A proposed bill before the U.S. House of Representatives, the Email Privacy Act, would overhaul 1986's Electronic Communication Privacy Act and require that law enforcement obtain a search warrant before reading online correspondence.

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Apple approved Microsoft filming new holiday-themed ad outside iconic NYC Fifth Ave cube

12/01/2015, 03:12 pm

Apple's most famous retail destination is the subject of a new, unifying ad from rival Microsoft, bringing employees from both companies together in the spirit of the holiday season -- and also bringing executives to sign off on the production behind the scenes.

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