Tag Archive: Microsoft

Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and others file joint amicus brief supporting Apple

Google has officially joined other major tech companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and more in filing an amicus brief, or “friend of the court” statement. It’s supporting Apple in its current legal fight against the FBI over unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooting suspects.

Apple has refused the FBI’s order, stating that such a move could cause others to gain access to the phone via a “backdoor”. The other companies  [Read More…]

Microsoft completes acquisition of SwiftKey

Microsoft has now officially completed its previously-announced acquisition of SwiftKey, which makes popular virtual keyboards for iOS and Android devices. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The final closing of the deal was revealed via Twitter by Microsoft’s Harry Shum, the company’s Executive Vice President for Technology and Research:

“Excited to report we’ve completed SwiftKey acquisition. Welcome to Microsoft @SwiftKey! Let’s do great things together for our customers”

Microsoft has already confirmed it plans  [Read More…]

Microsoft officially cancels ‘Project Astoria’ plans for porting Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile

After months of silence, Microsoft has now officially revealed it has canceled plans to offer developers bridge tools to port Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile, also known as “Project Astoria”. Those plans were first revealed at the 2015 Build developer conference.

Microsoft announced Project Astoria alongside “Project Islandwood”, which offered iOS app developers a way to port their creations to Windows 10 Mobile. Today, Microsoft stated:

“We received a lot of feedback that having  [Read More…]

Microsoft adds fingerprint unlock and more to Next Lock Screen

One of the better lock screens for Android, Next Lock Screen, is the subject of a pretty big update from its creators at Microsoft. The biggest new feature is the ability to bypass the lock screen using your phone’s fingerprint sensor, if your phone is so equipped.

Here’s what’s new and improved in the Next Lock Screen’s latest update:

Fingerprint Unlock (for devices with fingerprint scanner). While Next is on screen, use your fingerprint scanner  [Read More…]

Microsoft Translator for Android adds offline translation engine packs

Microsoft is giving Android device owners a way to translate text messages in several languages, even if their smartphone cannot connect to the Internet. The latest update to the Microsoft Translator app adds a new engine that includes this new offline translation feature, with the help of downloadable language packs.

Microsoft says:

Deep Neural Networks, also known as Deep Learning, is a state-of-the-art Machine Learning technology that has been in use for almost a year  [Read More…]

Acer to pre-install Microsoft apps on select Android phones and tablets

Acer will begin pre-installing Microsoft productivity apps on its Android smartphones and tablets, thanks to a new deal between the two companies. Microsoft made the announcement, noting that Acer tablets and smartphones will come with Microsoft productivity tools on board starting in the second half of 2016.

As for what you can expect to see pre-installed, Microsoft names seven apps, including those from its Office suite: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. The announcement  [Read More…]

Microsoft buys popular Android keyboard Swiftkey

Microsoft has confirmed that it has agreed to buy London-based Swiftkey. Shortly after, the popular AI based Android keyboard was swift to confirm that it would be joining the Microsoft family. The deal is reported to be worth $ 250m, although financial terms were not disclosed by either company.


Swiftkey was started in 2008 by co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock. The two have grown the company into a monster both on Android  [Read More…]

Microsoft reportedly acquiring SwiftKey for $250 million

According to a new report, Microsoft is preparing to acquire SwiftKey, the makers of the popular predictive keyboard app of the same name, and whose technology has been licensed by many phone manufacturers to power the predictive engine on their default keyboards. From The Financial Times:

Microsoft is paying around $ 250m to acquire London-based Swiftkey, maker of a predictive keyboard powered by artificial intelligence that is installed on hundreds of millions of smartphones, according to people  [Read More…]

Microsoft Band 2 update enables weight tracking on Android

Microsoft’s fitness-focused smartwatch, the Band 2, has picked up an update that brings new functionality when paired with Android smartphones, such as the ability to track weight, sharing your workouts, GPS enhancements, and activity reminders.

The update bumps the Microsoft Health companion app to version 1.3.20128.2, with the following changes listed:

Share your workout – Create custom Guided Workouts in the web dashboard, and share them with friends. Track your weight – to help you  [Read More…]

Skype for Android now lets you open your documents in Microsoft Office

Microsoft is adding a couple of new and useful features to its Skype messaging app for Android. The biggest new addition is the ability for users to open Word, PowerPoint or Excel file attachments from directly in the Skype app.

Microsoft says:

Easily open Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets that you receive in 1:1 and group chats. If a friend sends you a Word document, tapping on the file will open it right  [Read More…]