Tag Archive: Microsoft


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.

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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.

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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.

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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…]

[Deal] Enter now for your chance to win the Microsoft Surface Book

Tablet PC sales have been increasing in volume as they become more and more affordable. Additionally, the convenience factor that a tablet PC brings, is one of the driving forces in today’s market. Microsoft has been one of the leading providers for these devices ever since the launch of their Surface and Surface Pro lineups.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced another product to the Surface lineup; the Microsoft Surface Book. The  [Read More…]

Microsoft downgrades free OneDrive storage to 5GB, ends unlimited storage for Office 365 customers

Microsoft has announced radical changes to its OneDrive cloud storage service, ending unlimited storage for Office 365 users. Free storage is also being decreased from 15GB to 5GB for all users. The reason for the scaling back of storage comes after Microsoft found that a few customers were using up to 75TB of cloud storage from a single account:

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Weekend reading: The Microsoft Band 2 review

Whether you’re a fan of Microsoft or not, the company’s support of more than just it’s own operating systems is something we can all benefit from. This much remains true with the new Microsoft Band, with most functionality still being made available to folks who prefer Android in their pockets over Windows.

With that in mind, our pals over at Windows Central have just posted their full, detailed review on Microsoft’s latest fitness oriented wearable. A snippet:

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Microsoft launches Parchi on Android, an app that lets you take notes from your lock screen

Microsoft Garage has released a new app for Android called Parchi. This new note-taking app allows users to scribble down some words even on the lock screen. A handy feature if you desperately need to jot something down, but do not have time to unlock your smartphone and hunt down that one app.

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