Microsoft, who have become as much of a software provider as a hardware company in the mobile space, are reportedly working on a private beta program for Office. This time, they’ll concentrate on Android, after making a successful splash on iOS earlier this year.
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is the topic of choice this weekend, with unnamed sources cropping up to state that the wearable will arrive this October. The same sources corroborated some past rumors we've heard regarding the device, as well as tossing some new details into the mix.
It would seem that Google is taking their office fight to their biggest competitor right where it hurts - in several of the biggest enterprise sectors. Google let it be known this week that with Google Drive for Work, they’ve brought on encryption in transit and on-server, audit and activity APIs, and enhanced admin controls, all a part of their plan to continue pulling enterprise customers away from Microsoft’s Office suite.
Microsoft may not have launched a Surface Mini alongside the Surface Pro 3, but chatter of a last-minute cancellation for the smaller slate looks all the more likely given the multiple references to it in the larger tablet's user guide. The download, available from Microsoft's Surface support site and intended to get new owners up to speed with the core hardware and Windows 8 features, but was clearly written on the assumption that both tablets would be released.
This past week we saw a question and answer session with Microsoft which resulted in a slightly misunderstood bit of information being spread. As it turns out, Microsoft is not necessarily planning on releasing Cortana to any platform other than their own: Windows Phone and possibly Windows. Instead, Cortana needs to have a far more solid experience at home before any push beyond their borders, so says Microsoft.
Microsoft is considering extending its Cortana from Windows Phone to other platforms like iOS and Android, as it explores the value of a more ubiquitous digital personal assistant. The voice-controlled interface, revealed as part of the Windows Phone 8.1 developers preview, uses a mixture of specific user requests and contextual data like calendar entries, previous browsing history, and location to make smartphones running Microsoft's OS more personable and useful.
Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee, kicked up quite a debacle earlier this year after leaking information related to Windows 8 to an unknown French tech blogger. Kibkalo plead guilty in early April, and has now been sentenced, receiving three months in prison for the theft of trade secrets.