Microsoft might have succeeded in plugging a big leak in its Windows 8 department, but it might have unwittingly waded into a more shady legal department. Responding to concerns on privacy regarding Hotmail and Outlook email users, the company has released a statement clarifying the new steps it will be taking when investigating its own email service.
Software giant Microsoft and the police take the theft of trade secrets very seriously. A former Microsoft employee named Alex Kibkalo has been arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets from Microsoft having to do with Windows 8. Kibkalo was a senior architect at Microsoft in the past.
Microsoft is working hard to get independent games on the Xbox game platform for gamers to enjoy. One of the ways it is doing this is via the ID@Xbox program that has over 250 developers with dev kits for the Xbox One in hand and at work on bringing new games to the console. With GDC starting in San Francisco, Microsoft is offering up some details on 25 games that are coming through the program.
A new version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet, this time packing integrated LTE connectivity for getting online while on the move, will go on sale from March 18th. The Windows RT slate will use AT&T's 4G network and be priced at $679 for the 64GB version, and is the first of Microsoft's Surface series of tablets to include integrated mobile broadband.
Microsoft has rolled out OneNote for Mac, a free version of its cross-platform notetaking app for OS X, accompanying not only OneNote for iOS on iPhone and iPad, but the apps for Windows, Android, Windows Phone, and the browser. Meanwhile, there are also new tools for avid OneNote users, including a new OneNote Clipper for snapshotting webpages into a note, and an Office Lens app for turning a Windows Phone into a mobile scanner.
Microsoft has outed Office 365 Personal, a new package for single-user access to its subscription based office app suite. Due to arrive in the spring, Office 365 Personal will offer access for one PC or Mac, and one tablet, to be connected for either $69.99 per year or $6.99 per month, alongside the existing household option which will get a rebrand.
When it comes to smartphones, the most popular operating system out there by a wide margin is Android. Apple and iOS comes in second leaving other operating systems like Windows Phone in a distant third place. Microsoft wants more of the operating system market in the smartphone realm, but with no compelling hardware, the odds of it growing significantly are slim.
OneNote for Mac is incoming as a free app, sources claim, with Microsoft also tipped to make the digital notetaking software free for Windows as well as it challenges rivals like Evernote. The release, which follows Microsoft's first push with OneNote onto Apple platforms with OneNote for iOS, is said to be accompanied by a new Clipper service and Office Lens, for grabbing snippets of webpages into notebooks, and camera-based OCR.