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Android M preview update brings a lot of sweet goodies

Android M preview update brings a lot of sweet goodies

Google has just announced the first ever update to its developer preview of Android M, which still has to be christened with a name. Continuing the new tradition it set last year. Google is rolling out limited updates in order to let developers prepare their apps in advance as well as report bugs. And while Google is only officially sharing some of the juicy tidbits that are relevant to developers, the update also so has some hidden treasures for end users waiting to be discovered.

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This is Android M: what has changed so far

This is Android M: what has changed so far

Google has just released preview images of Android M, so naturally everyone tries to get their hands on the latest and would be greatest Android version, regardless of being in a stable state or not. And although this super early version is not yet in its final state, or even in its semi-final state, it is already showing some promise, some interesting changes, and even some rather strange ones. So buckle up while we take a cursory look at some of those changes to Android right now.

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Office 2016 Public Preview: co-editing, cloud by default

Office 2016 Public Preview: co-editing, cloud by default

It seems that Microsoft's Office team is almost ready for a big release. The next version of the desktop productivity suite, Office 2016, will carry a ton of features, some of which are both convenient and fancy but also perhaps a bit unsettling for some more traditional users. One of the highlights of the upcoming release, which can now be tested in this public preview, is the addition of collaborative editing. That said, many of these new features relies on a deeper integration with Microsoft's own OneDrive cloud storage, whose presence is palpable in almost every corner.

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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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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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Office 2016, Skype previews now out for IT pros

Office 2016, Skype previews now out for IT pros

Today, Microsoft is launching a preview for Office 2016, aimed for IT professionals and Developers. The early build is reportedly very beta, with Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer saying the preview “doesn’t yet contain all the features we’re planning to ship in the final product.” He does add that those who want an early look at Office 2016 should expect monthly updates. In addition to that, Microsoft is also releasing an early preview of Skype for Business, which replaces Lync for enterprise use.

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Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

Windows 10 also has Cortana and this is how she’ll behave

For those keeping an eye on Microsoft next big Windows release, most might be more focused on the fusion of desktop and Modern UI, but there are definitely a lot of other nifty features that should be making their way to Windows 10. One of those is Cortana on the desktop. Microsoft will be bringing its intelligent virtual assistant to Windows PCs, laptops, and tablets and she (or it) will be equipped with almost all the functionality that has perhaps impressed some users on Windows Phone devices.

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Windows 10 consumer preview tipped to arrive in January

Windows 10 consumer preview tipped to arrive in January

Excited for the next Windows release? No? Well, despite the antogonism against the "old guard" of operating systems, a lot of eyes are on Microsoft and its upcoming Windows 10, just to see how the company, under Satya Nadella's guiding, will fare this time around. And many eyes are especially curious on how the company will turn the wreck that is Windows 8 around. They might not have to wait long, though, as insider sources claim that the consumer features of Windows 10 will be laid out to the public in January next year.

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New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

New Windows 10 preview has three-finger touchpad gestures

The latest preview of Windows 10, which brings the version number up to 9879, continues to build on the work of finally merging the disparate desktop and "Modern" worlds that Microsoft has built up around Windows. This, release, however, might probably be most remembered for adding a feature that some might take to be yet another sign of Redmond copying instead of innovating. Windows 10 has now gained support for three-finger gestures on the touchpad, a feature that is more readily associated today with Apple's OS X.

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