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Outlook Preview updated: more useful, still worrisome

Outlook Preview updated: more useful, still worrisome

Continuing its push to have its core productivity software available in other platforms as well, Microsoft has just announced an update to its Outlook Preview app for both iOS and Android. Truth be told, the initial release was already impressive, for a first release, that is, supporting multiple email service providers and swipe gestures. Something perhaps unexpected of Microsoft. This update only makes things sweeter, with better contact handling, 3-day calendar views, and improved search. Sadly, it doesn't address one of the biggest concerns users and companies have with the app.

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Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Video shows how Windows 10 looks like on a Xiaomi Mi 4

Looks like things are about to get real and about to get messy. At least as far as Google and Microsoft are concerned. It's no secret that Microsoft is going to provide a way for Xiaomi Mi 4 owners to wipe Android off their device and install a preview of Windows 10 for phones instead. And while there a few caveats to that story, it does practically mean that Microsoft is trying to take a nibble out of Google's pie in China. Now just a few weeks later, this video appears showing that exact setup, and the result might give Google reason to worry.

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Windows 10 previews of Music and Video apps now ready

Windows 10 previews of Music and Video apps now ready

Hot on the heels of the release of the Project Spartan web browser for Insider testers, Microsoft is now announcing the availability of two more apps for these brave souls to devour. This time it's the Music and Video app that are getting the preview treatment. Windows Insiders, at least those already running a preview version of Windows 10, can now get the latest versions of these two apps from the beta version of Windows Store. Fortunately for testers, these can be installed side by side the current stable versions, too.

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Office 365 mobile device management rolls out to paid users

Office 365 mobile device management rolls out to paid users

Microsoft is really getting aggressive in reclaiming its lost territory in the office space, especially with the growing number of mobile devices. But while the company is indeed pushing its Office suite to more mobile platforms, that, in turn, has become somewhat of a nightmware for businesses that are trying to keep tight control over their documents and files because of security and privacy reasons. Enter Mobile Device Management or MDM, a system that was born out of the need to rein in and secure mobile devices used at work. And today, Microsoft is making that feature available to Office 365 commercial users.

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Surface 3: storage space still limited

Surface 3: storage space still limited

Just as each of the previous models of Microsoft's Surface tablet, with the Surface 3, users should expect less than the advertised storage space once they get up and running. This isn't new - and it's not limited to this device range. All devices released storage space aboard - almost without fail - will have less space once you've begun standard, active use. In this case, that means you get about 37GB of the full 64GB of space on the standard model Surface 3 - about 27GB of space is needed for built-in apps and the operating system itself.

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Microsoft unveils Atom-based Surface 3, the Pro 3’s little brother

Microsoft unveils Atom-based Surface 3, the Pro 3’s little brother

Microsoft is adding a new Surface table to their arsenal. In an attempt to capture the attention of students, families, or anyone not enamored with the Surface Pro 3’s $799 starting price, Microsoft has the Surface 3 (non-Pro). Starting at $499, the device sports a 64-bit Intel Atom x7 Cherry Trail quad-core SoC, sports 2GB RAM, and 32GB memory on-board. The Surface 3 will ship with Windows 8.1, but is upgradeable to Windows 10 once that version is available.

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Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Windows 10: latest preview build brings Spartan browser

Microsoft has pushed out the latest Windows 10 Preview Build (10049), and with it comes the long-coveted Project Spartan browser. That's just about the only notable addition to the latest build, which follows the release of Build 10041 we recently discussed. Some of the issues brought on by the last build are fixed in this latest one, as well, such as getting stuck when locking the PC. Project Spartan is the big focus this time around, however, something Microsoft likewise detailed today to get users up-to-date on what all it has to offer.

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Microsoft rumored to eye Android apps on Windows phones

Microsoft rumored to eye Android apps on Windows phones

Insider information or wishful thinking? That might be the first thing you think when you hear about this latest rumor coming out of Redmond. Several sources are claiming that Microsoft is, at least internally, looking into emulation technologies to make Android apps run on Windows phones. Why? Supposedly to finally resolve the dearth of apps on Windows mobile devices. But is this a solution that could help boost the adoption of Microsoft's mobile platform or will it be suicide for the software vendor in the long run?

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Next Windows 10 for Phones build could support 30 models

Next Windows 10 for Phones build could support 30 models

While the Windows 10 upgrade path on the desktop is more or less clear cut, the same can't be said of their mobile counterparts. Last February, Microsoft started handing out preview builds of the upcoming operating system but its coverage was worryingly limited, to at most 6 models. That's not to say that Microsoft will only be supporting those and upcoming smartphones, but it hung a cloud of uncertainty over users. Now Microsoft is clearing the air by revealing as much as 36 models (30 if you count variants as one) who might be in the next round of builds.

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Amazon broke the cloud storage mold, but is it your best option?

Amazon broke the cloud storage mold, but is it your best option?

With Amazon making a big splash today in announcing unlimited cloud storage at a really low monthly (or yearly) price point, many are starting to take a look at what that might mean for them. Do you really need unlimited storage? Is the backup worth it in the long run? Rather than leave you hanging, we thought it best to take a look at what other options are around, and what that might mean for you. Turns out, Amazon has a place, but it might not be for you.

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