Tag Archive: Microsoft

Microsoft ‘version’ of Galaxy S9 and S9+ now up for pre-order

Just like last year, you can get Samsung’s latest phones with a push to Microsoft’s ecosystem.

Just like last year with the Samsung Galaxy S8, Microsoft is now taking preorders for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, with an expected launch date of March 16. Microsoft’s store listing is quick to point out how well the Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft apps such as Cortana, OneDrive and Office work on the Galaxy S9, however it doesn’t appear these apps come preloaded  [Read More…]

How to set Cortana in Microsoft Launcher as your default Android voice assistant

Want to use the new Cortana in Launcher for Android all the time? Here is how to do it.

When it comes to Microsoft’s services on Android between Cortana – the Android app – and Cortana in Launcher for Android there is some overlap. I recently wrote about the different UI designs with the Launcher version looking much better, but the question for many is, do you need both?

Moreover, did you know you can set the  [Read More…]

Save 97% on the Microsoft Data Analysis Bundle!

For decades, Microsoft has been a leader in advanced data tools. From Excel spreadsheets to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), to Microsoft Access database management system, businesses have been relying on these tools to help solve problems, automate complicated processes, and deliver data in a digestible manner.

If your company or business uses one or more of these services but you’re not as well-versed as you’d like, Android Central Digital Offers has a great deal for you. You can get  [Read More…]

Cortana looks great on Microsoft Launcher, but challenges and competition remain

Microsoft has made it easier than ever to use Cortana on Android devices, but how much does that matter?

Microsoft’s presence on Android continues to grow. There are dozens of apps available in the Play Store from Microsoft, many of which are at the top of their respective categories such as Office, Microsoft Launcher, and SwiftKey. But Microsoft is trying to bring its digital assistant, Cortana, to the forefront and compete against the likes of Google Assistant,  [Read More…]

5 great Microsoft Android games with Xbox Live integration

Did you know there are a handful of Android games that support Xbox achievements?

Much like Windows Phone in its heyday, Microsoft has brought a number of its mobile game titles to Android, complete with Xbox Live integration. For some games, that simply means profile authentication for roaming progression, but for others, it means synchronicity across different devices, Xbox achievements, and even sharing to the Xbox Live social feeds.

There’s not a huge amount available right now,  [Read More…]

Microsoft made Android Windows-friendly — but the work is far from done

I’m a big fan of Microsoft’s services and support on Android, but there are still too many Microsoft ecosystem apps and services that are either half-baked or simply not available. Here’s what I’d like to see Redmond do next.

For Windows 10 Mobile users, it has been a painful couple of years. After months of virtual silence, Microsoft unceremoniously announced it was leaving its phone users high and dry, as Windows 10 Mobile entered maintenance mode. No  [Read More…]

Microsoft Edge browser is coming to Android soon

Using Windows 10 with an Android is about to get a lot easier, as Microsoft is bringing its Edge web browser to those phones starting today.

In a surprise announcement, Microsoft said its Edge web browser is now available for iPhones, with a release for Android “in the coming weeks.”

The initial rollout for the browser will be limited to those in the U.S. but should expand to other markets over time. Currently, the browser is in preview only  [Read More…]

Microsoft announces Office 2019, teases new features

As part of its Ignite conference today, Microsoft officially teased the next perpetual Office update, Office 2019.

Microsoft has announced Office 2019, the next perpetual Office update and the follow-up to the most recent release, Office 2016. Due for release in the second half of 2018, Microsoft says that preview versions of the latest Office suite will start rolling out in mid-2018, though it’s unclear when exactly an Android version might be released.

Other than an announcement,  [Read More…]

Amazon teams up with Microsoft to integrate Alexa with Cortana

Alexa will be able to communicate with Cortana, and vice versa.

Amazon and Microsoft are teaming up to integrate their digital assistants. You’ll soon be able to talk to Cortana by saying, “Alexa, open Cortana” from an Alexa-powered device like the Echo, and vice versa.

The integration opens up new functionality for both digital assistants, giving customers the ability to access the unique capabilities of each platform. Cortana is deeply integrated with the Office suite, and  [Read More…]

Microsoft brings some Cortana magic to Skype Preview for Android

Microsoft has brought a little bit of Cortana magic to the Skype Preview app on Android.

If you use the Skype Preview app for Android, then you can now interact with Cortana alongside all of your other chats — so long as you call the U.S. home. The latest update to the app, which acts as sort of a beta testing ground for new features, adds Microsoft’s digital assistant as a bot, along with a couple of  [Read More…]