Microsoft | Android | Mobile Version

Microsoft is embracing Android as the mobile version of Windows

Microsoft unveiled a bunch of Surface hardware during a press event in New York City last night. While matte black Surfaces, headphones with Cortana, and a new Surface Studio were the highlights of the hardware side, Microsoft unveiled an interesting change to its Windows operating system. Windows 10 will soon fully embrace Android to mirror these mobile apps to your PC.

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Source: The Verge

Microsoft Ends Skype Classic

Microsoft is ending support for Skype Classic

Microsoft plans to stop supporting the desktop version of Skype 7.0, or Skype Classic as it’s fondly called by dedicated users, on November 1st, while the mobile and tablet versions will be cut off on November 15th. The company announced the change on the Skype blog today, telling users that, “Although you may be able to use older versions for a little while, we encourage you to update today to avoid any interruption.”

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Source: The Verge

Apple Leads | IBM Lags

Apple Leads IT World Brands, As IBM Lags

“In terms of both profit and market value, Apple is leagues ahead of any other company in the world. When you compare sales among IT brands especially, Apple’s revenue is at $217.5 billion U.S., two and a half times that of Microsoft. The answer to why this is perhaps lies in branding,” comments Evan Fraser, Head of Marketing at GraphicSprings.

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Source: Forbes

Windows 10 | Update

Windows 10’s next major update arrives in October

Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for its next major Windows 10 update today. Previously codenamed Redstone 5, the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update” will arrive at some point in October. It will include a number of new features for devices, like a new cloud clipboard that syncs across machines, a dark File Explorer, an updated snipping tool, improvements to Microsoft Edge, and performance information in the Xbox Game Bar.

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Source: The Verge

Cloud Storage | Microsoft | Amazon

How to pick the cloud storage service that’s right for you

Storing your most sensitive files locally on a hard drive is still (and probably always will be) the logical thing to do. But it’s not always the most convenient, which is why most of us look to cloud storage as a secondary option. It has its own set of benefits: it’s reasonably affordable, it makes sharing files easier, it’s ubiquitous across most operating systems and devices, and it’s just really nice to have a backup when your hard drive dies.

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Source: The Verge

Microsoft | Amazon | Digital Assistants

Microsoft and Amazon release preview of Cortana and Alexa integration

Microsoft and Amazon are integrating their digital assistants this week. A new preview is being offered to both Cortana and Alexa users in the US that will allow each digital assistant to summon each other and access additional apps and services. The integration was first announced last year and demonstrated earlier this year at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, and now Microsoft and Amazon are seeking feedback before it’s broadly rolled out to all devices.

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Source: The Verge

Microsoft | Google | Windows 10 notifications

Microsoft and Google bring native Windows 10 notifications to Chrome 68

GOOGLE HAS integrated Windows 10 notifications into the current edition of Chrome, allowing it to be a part of the Windows Action Center.

Up until now, Google has stuck fast to its own notifications (those rather naff looking pop-ups with white backgrounds) but with an update to Chrome 68 that is rolling out now – initially to 50 per cent of users – they’re gone in favour of the standard Windows notifications.

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Source:  The Inquirer

Microsoft | Windows update

Microsoft finishes turning File Explorer dark in latest Windows update

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 preview shows off the new dark theme for File Explorer that it’s bringing to the next version of Windows 10. Windows 10 insiders in Microsoft’s preview program’s fast ring should see the dark mode feature in the latest preview, Build 17733 from its Redstone 5 branch, which is due out around October.

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Source: zdnet

Microsoft | Amazon | Cloud

Microsoft Narrows Gap with Amazon in Cloud

Despite Amazon’s ongoing outstanding cloud-computing performance last quarter with revenue up 49% to $6.1 billion, that just wasn’t good enough to keep pace with cloud leader Microsoft whose commercial-cloud revenue surged 53% to $6.9 billion and gave it an $800-million spread for the quarter over Amazon in the closely watched race for supremacy in the cloud.

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Source: Forbes