Given its lack of a first-party mobile OS, Microsoft is firmly invested in offering its services on Android, while also being an OEM with the Surface Duo. The company has now created a dedicated Android division internally.
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After confirming the move some time ago, Microsoft has officially announced that over 1,000 Android apps are now available on the Windows 11 operating system via the Amazon Appstore Preview.
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Microsoft’s Surface Duo debuted in 2020 as a unique take on a dual-screen device, but it launched with plenty of software issues that prevented it from being a success. Making matters worse, Microsoft just went an entire year without bringing Android 11 to the Surface Duo, though on the bright side, it sounds like Android 12L will be coming in the future.
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Microsoft’s latest endeavor to replicate the success of Chrome OS is an operating system especially designed for K-8 classrooms. Windows 11 SE is cloud-first and meant to be simple for students, teachers, and school alike, while Microsoft is also releasing the Surface Laptop SE, which starts at $249.
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The ability to share your copy/paste clipboard between your phone and computer is a neat trick, but one that’s not always been very easy on Android devices. In its latest update, Microsoft has just granted the ability to sync your clipboard across Windows and Android, thanks to SwiftKey.
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As rumored, Microsoft announced today that it will be hosting a hardware event at the end of this month. Inviting people “to see what’s next,” the Surface Duo 2 will likely be introduced on September 22.
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Google’s Chromebooks play best with Google Drive and its associated apps, but others are available, including Microsoft Office. However, Microsoft is about to pull the plug on supporting its Android app on Chrome OS.
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The first Android smartphone from Microsoft, the Surface Duo, was an ambitious dual-screen device with some clever ideas but a lot of flaws based on most reviews. The device has been expected to get a sequel for some time, and now, a leak is showing off what the Microsoft Surface Duo 2 might bring to the table.
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Xbox Game Pass to get Series X upgrade and full browser support in coming weeks
Microsoft has announced that their Xbox Game Pass Ultimate streaming is set to gain Series X upgrades and full support for Chrome and more in the coming weeks.
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Xbox Game Pass update turns the Surface Duo into a portable console
Microsoft has confirmed the rollout of an update to the Xbox Game Pass app specifically aimed at the Surface Duo that will effectively turn the dual-screen foldable into a portable Xbox console.
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While Google Chrome is undoubtedly the biggest browser across desktop and mobile, Microsoft Edge is set to add a tab sharing feature between the Chromium-based browser and the Android counterpart.
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For better or worse, the foldable dual-screen Surface Duo, Microsoft’s first Android phone, was one of the most interesting devices launched last year. According to a new report, a successor to the Surface Duo is in the works to be launched later this year.
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Microsoft famously started running the Scroogled attack ad campaign almost a decade ago, and has recently been targeting Google again in front of governments in the realm of the news media. Ahead of congressional testimony today from Redmond’s president, Google published a scathing rebuttal that goes after Microsoft’s “naked corporate opportunism.”
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The latest Alpha update for Xbox One and Series consoles updates the Microsoft Edge browser to the more recent version based on Google’s Chromium, and players have already found a way to run Stadia.
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Microsoft is reportedly upgrading xCloud streaming w/ Xbox Series X backend, 1080p
While streaming isn’t the focus of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, it is an increasingly important part of the subscription service. Now, it looks like Microsoft is about to address one of xCloud’s biggest limits by upgrading streaming resolution to 1080p.
Microsoft is publicly sharing its efforts to improve Google’s Flutter SDK with better support for foldable devices, particularly the Surface Duo.
Microsoft Stories February 15, 2021
In the opinion of a lot of gamers, Xbox Game Pass and its xCloud streaming is the pinnacle of game streaming today, but it can be hard to see it that way when Microsoft’s offering lags behind on resolution, stream quality, and device support. Now, Microsoft is testing the ability to stream Xbox games through the browser, playing catchup with Stadia, GeForce Now, and Luna.
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Microsoft rebrands Office Lens and adds enhanced scanning features
Microsoft is on a roll at this early stage of 2021 with several Android app overhauls already underway. Another notable but important change is to Office Lens, which has now officially been rebranded to “Microsoft Lens.” That’s not all, as the app has also added some much-needed new scanning features.
Microsoft OneDrive for Android receives homescreen overhaul, 8K video playback support
Microsoft OneDrive for Android is now receiving a bit of an overhaul while simultaneously adding support for Samsung Motion Photos and 8K video playback.
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Swiftkey on Android may gain Windows 10 clipboard sync feature
Although Swiftkey might not be the most popular or most used Android keyboard, a neat new clipboard sync between your smartphone and Windows 10 PC is in the works.
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[Update: v6.2 rollout] Microsoft Launcher v6 adds landscape mode, new wallpapers, updated Feed, more
The latest Microsoft Launcher v6 update is now rolling out with a number of fixes and support for landscape orientation for your homescreen.
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During the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked livestream, the South Korean firm talked up even tighter collaborations with Microsoft. This is manifesting itself with Android app control on selected Galaxy devices when using the Microsoft Your Phone app.
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Microsoft Surface Duo to get 3 years of OS and security updates
On the back of Microsoft officially confirming the release date of the folding Surface Duo, the Redmond-based firm also confirmed that it will receive 3 years of Android OS and security updates.
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Microsoft’s $1,399 Surface Duo doesn’t include NFC because it wasn’t ‘fundamental’
Microsoft officially confirmed the final details on its ambitious Surface Duo today, and well, the spec sheet is a little lackluster given the price tag. One notable omission is NFC and Microsoft has addressed why it’s not available on Surface Duo.
Microsoft has quietly and most importantly officially confirmed the asking price and release date of its first foldable Android device — the Surface Duo.
Microsoft Stories August 4, 2020
[U: Sept. 15] Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming going public in Sept. as part of Xbox Game Pass
The next big step in gaming is game streaming, as evidenced by Google, Microsoft, and Nvidia launching competing services. As Project xCloud readies its launch in September, Microsoft is finally explaining the service’s pricing and its integration with Xbox Game Pass.
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Microsoft is set to kill off its Halo-inspired voice assistant Cortana on Android and iOS from January 2020 in select regions.
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Microsoft Family Safety brings parental controls and more for Android and iOS
Microsoft has launched a new app called Family Safety, bringing cross-device parental controls for Android, iOS, Windows, and Xbox.
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Microsoft Outlook for Android adding ‘Play My Emails’ feature
Microsoft has announced a ton of new features for Microsoft 365 that includes Outlook for Android. The latest feature is Play My Emails, which appeared on the iOS version of Outlook late last year.
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Microsoft is at it again and has added a very crafty Bing Search shortcut to Android devices via the popular Outlook email app.
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It looks as though Microsoft and Google are teaming up to improve the progressive web app (PWA) experience across devices — including Android.
Microsoft Stories July 7, 2020
One of our most hotly anticipated Android devices of this year, here at 9to5Google, has surprisingly been a foldable Android from Microsoft — the Surface Duo. A new report details — and we’ve confirmed — that Microsoft has moved its development of the Surface Duo’s flavor of Android to be in-house.
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Microsoft Launcher Preview adds app drawer folders, three-row docks, more
The Microsoft Launcher Preview has gained some much-needed customization options in the latest update including app drawer folders, the ability to have a three-row dock, plus more.
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Thanks to a new update to the Microsoft Your Phone app, you can now control music and podcast directly on your Android smartphone from your PC.
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Microsoft Launcher Preview v6.2 testing return of themes and more backup options
Microsoft Launcher v6 Preview launched in January 2020, but it came without a few popular features including themes, and the backup and restore function.
Microsoft Stories April 13, 2020
For those with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, file transfers between Windows 10 and your mobile device are set to get even easier, thanks to the latest Microsoft Your Phone app.
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Pixel 4 Face Unlock support comes to Microsoft OneDrive
The distinct lack of apps that support Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 is disappointing, but to ease that frustration, Microsoft has now added the biometric security option to OneDrive.
Microsoft Stories March 17, 2020
The novel coronavirus — COVID-19 — has been spreading around the globe and things are only getting worse in many regions. With that in mind, some of the biggest tech companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and more are committing to battling misinformation around the coronavirus outbreak.
Microsoft Stories March 13, 2020
Microsoft’s “Your Phone” app has become a powerful tool for Windows 10 users who also have an Android phone, and now, it’s getting even better. With an update rolling out now, Samsung Galaxy S20 users can copy and paste clipboard content between Windows and Android as well as use RCS messaging.
Microsoft Stories March 2, 2020
Cortana is set to be cut from the Microsoft Launcher by the ‘end of April’
We reported late last year that Microsoft was removing its Halo-inspired voice assistant from the Google Play Store in certain regions. Now, Cortana is set to be fully removed from the reasonably popular Microsoft Launcher in the coming months.
Microsoft Stories February 27, 2020
Microsoft Outlook for Android gains annotation feature for photos and documents
Microsoft Outlook for Android has added a couple of neat new features including the ability to add annotations to your photos and any scanned documents.
Microsoft Stories February 26, 2020
Microsoft rolling out its new Chromium-based Edge via Windows 10 Insider update
Microsoft’s new Edge is based on Chromium and gives Google Chrome a run for its money in a few ways. Now Microsoft is starting to replace the old Edge with the new via Windows 10’s update system.