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28
May

Microsoft launches Office Lens app for Android


Microsoft has today launched Office Lens for Android, which enables users to scan written, printed, or electronic documents and then convert them to a Word, PowerPoint, or PDF document.

  • Converts images of paper documents, electronic screens and whiteboard notes into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and searchable PDF files for easy storage, editing and reformatting.
  • Enables images to be sent via email, making it easy to share whiteboard notes with work colleagues, submit scanned business expense receipts or ensure family and friends have copies of important paper documents.
  • Captures business cards and generates contacts, which can be sent to OneNote and added to your phone.
  • Recognizes the corners of a document and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image.
  • Identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by keyword for the image in OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Inserts images to OneNote or as DOCX, PPTX or PDF files in OneDrive, providing options to save, export and share the image.

You can grab it using the link below.

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27
May

Microsoft launches Office Lens app for Android


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Today, Microsoft launched its Office Lens app for Android. For those unaware, this application enables users to scan written, printed or electronic matter and then convert it into a Word document, a PowerPoint presentation or a PDF.

All the applications features, together with a video of them in action, can be seen below:

  • Converts images of paper documents, electronic screens and whiteboard notes into Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and searchable PDF files for easy storage, editing and reformatting.
  • Enables images to be sent via email, making it easy to share whiteboard notes with work colleagues, submit scanned business expense receipts or ensure family and friends have copies of important paper documents.
  • Captures business cards and generates contacts, which can be sent to OneNote and added to your phone.
  • Recognizes the corners of a document and automatically crops, enhances and cleans up the image.
  • Identifies printed text with optical character recognition (OCR) so that you can search by keyword for the image in OneNote or OneDrive.
  • Inserts images to OneNote or as DOCX, PPTX or PDF files in OneDrive, providing options to save, export and share the image.

If you’d like to install Office Lens on your Android smartphone or tablet, hit the link below. Alternatively, you can scan the QR code to initiate the download.

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Play Store Download Link 

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27
May

Microsoft’s age detection shows up in your Bing image searches


Bing's age detection (thankfully) gets it wrong

Microsoft’s face-based age detection is still a little wonky (I’m thankfully younger than what you see above), but the company is clearly enamored with it — you’ll now find it in Bing image searches. All you have to do is look for a person and, in most cases, roll over the picture to find a #HowOldRobot that will guess how many birthdays the subject has seen. The feature is available in at least North America, so give it a shot… if for no other reason than to giggle at its occasionally harsh appraisals of your looks.

Filed under: Internet, Microsoft

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Via: VentureBeat

Source: Bing

27
May

Microsoft to push its cross-platform apps with Windows 10 phone companion


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Microsoft has some ambitious plans for Windows 10 and it seems that better mobile integration is going to play a big part in that vision. Along with the announcement of Cortana for Android the other day, Microsoft also gave us a preview of its upcoming phone companion app for Windows 10.

The app will act as a hub that allows users to connect their Windows 10 PC up to their smartphone, regardless of its OS. The hub encourages users to install Microsoft applications such as Music, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook and Office. The companion app essentially helps you set-up your phone to make use of Microsoft’s apps to automatically sync your devices to the same cloud accounts for the various products. This should allow for easy sharing and management of documents, photos, music, etc, across a range of devices.

Microsoft hopes that users on different operating systems will make use of its apps and services

For Microsoft, the hope is that it can encourage users on different operating systems to make use of its apps and services, by providing an ecosystem that plays very nicely together.

The launch of numerous Microsoft apps for Android this year have been building towards this more cross-platform friendly approach with Windows 10.

Of course, this move puts Microsoft directly in competition with many of the pre-installed Google apps that ship by default on Android phones. Google Docs, Photos, and Music can already be accessed in Windows, so adoption will likely boil down to if consumers end up preferring Microsoft’s features over Google’s.

An early look at the phone companion app will be available in a few weeks as part of the Windows 10 Insider Preview. If you’re interested in beta testing, you can sign up for the program here.

27
May

It’s happening: Cortana is coming to Android (and iOS)






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Microsoft intends for Windows 10 to be the be-all, end-all operating system that will span not only PCs, Xboxes and Windows Phones, but as it was revealed today, also Android and iOS devices as well. Key among today’s announcements were a “Phone companion” app for Windows 10 that will allow Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices to seamlessly hook into personal Microsoft files as well as announcing that Cortana is coming to Android (and iOS). Check out how this is going to work in the video below:

Unfortunately, because Cortana on Android will technically only be a companion to the Windows 10 app, it won’t actually be able to hook into some of Android’s system features – for instance, don’t expect to be able to call out “Hey Cortana” to your Android device with this Phone Companion app. That’s a shame, but we’re hoping this is one step closer to that possibility.


Cortana is coming to AndroidI’ve always thought that the only hope Microsoft had in making an impact in the mobile scene again (seeing as Windows Phone is pretty much dead in the water) is to make its Windows environment open to Android and iOS as well, and with the Phone Companion app and Cortana doing just that, Microsoft might just have a chance again in this space.

What do you think about Cortana coming to Android with Windows 10? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Windows Blog via BGR

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27
May

Microsoft partners with LG, Sony and 18 other OEMs to bring Office apps to more Android tablets


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Microsoft is no stranger to pre-installing its applications on various Android tablets across the market. Just two months ago the company partnered with Samsung, Dell and eight other OEMs to pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype on the companies’ Android tablets. Now a whopping 20 more tablet makers are being added to the list, including big names like LG and Sony. Specifically, Microsoft details that Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype will be present on an unnamed LG tablet, as well as the recently-announced Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

Read more: Microsoft Office for Android review

Here’s the full list of OEMs that will pre-install these applications on their Android tablets:

  • Axdia International GMBH – Germany
  • Cube – China
  • DL – Brazil
  • General Procurement – United States
  • Grupo Nucleo – Argentina
  • Haier – China
  • Inco – Mexico
  • Ionik GBMH – Germany
  • Iview – United States and Latam
  • LG – Global
  • Multilaser – Brazil
  • Noblex – Argentina
  • Pacific (Vulcan) – Mexico
  • Philco – Argentina
  • Positivo – Brazil
  • Prestigio – EMEA
  • Sony – Global
  • Teclast – China
  • TMAX Digital – North America
  • Wortmannn – Germany

There’s no denying that Microsoft has some pretty powerful software when it comes to its Office suite. If you were planning on buying a tablet sometime soon, would the addition of pre-installed Microsoft apps turn you away from the purchase? Or would you prefer it? Let us know what you think!



26
May

Microsoft’s apps will ship with Android tablets from LG and Sony


Microsoft PowerPoint on an Android tablet

If you thought Microsoft’s app deal with Samsung was surprising… well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Windows maker has reached agreements to bundle its apps and services on Android tablets from 20 companies. Most of these firms are small regional brands, but there are a few global powerhouses that include LG (which will include Microsoft on an unnamed future device) and Sony (starting with the Xperia Z4 Tablet). Yes, this probably means getting the Office suite and other apps you might not use much, if at all. However, it’s evident that Microsoft doesn’t mind — it’d rather make its services as ubiquitous as possible than send you straight into Google’s arms.

Filed under: Tablets, Internet, Software, Mobile, Sony, Microsoft, LG

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Source: Official Microsoft Blog

26
May

Microsoft Office is coming pre-installed on select Android Tablets


Microsoft has been mighty busy today. Earlier today, it was announced that Microsoft would be bringing Cortana to both iOS and Android, as well as the addition of a Phone Companion app for Windows 10 and the ability to stream music from OneDrive account via an updated Xbox Music application. Well now, Microsoft has announced that the suite of Microsoft Office applications will be pre-installed on select Android tablets.

Here is a list of the manufacturers of the tablets that have agreed to include Microsoft Office pre-installled are:

  • Axdia International GMBH – Germany
  • Cube – China
  • DL – Brazil
  • General Procurement – United States
  • Grupo Nucleo – Argentina
  • Haier – China
  • Inco – Mexico
  • Ionik GBMH – Germany
  • Iview – United States and Latam
  • LG – Global
  • Multilaser – Brazil
  • Noblex – Argentina
  • Pacific (Vulcan) – Mexico
  • Philco – Argentina
  • Positivo – Brazil
  • Prestigio – EMEA
  • Sony – Global
  • Teclast – China
  • TMAX Digital – North America
  • Wortmannn – Germany

It’s also worth noting that Microsoft stated that the Microsoft Office suite WILL be available on a new LG tablet and Sony’s Xperia Z4 in the next 90 days. of course the specific tablet wasn’t mentioned, but there’s a little insight into what we can expect from LG in the coming weeks or months.

In March, we made access to Microsoft apps and services on mobile devices easier for customers by announcing strategic agreements with global OEMs Samsung and Dell, eight regional OEMs and top original device manufacturer Pegatron to pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype on Android tablets. Today I’m excited to announce that 20 additional global and local OEM partners, including LG, Sony, Haier, Positivo and Wortman, will make Microsoft productivity applications and services available on their Android tablets. These 31 partners will offer Android tablets pre-installed with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype in the near future. They will be available on a new LG tablet, and Sony will include them on their Xperia Z4 tablet in the next 90 days.

What are your thoughts on Microsoft Office being pre-installed on select Android tablets? Let us know in the comments below.

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26
May

Microsoft, Sony drop out of top 10 smartphone manufacturers in Q1


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While Samsung stood tall as the top smartphone manufacturer in the first quarter of 2015, both Microsoft and Sony dropped out of the top ten rankings, according to former Nokia executive and market analyst Tomi Ahonen.

Samsung shipped 82.8 million devices in Q1, holding a whopping 24.3 percent market share. Apple held a 18 percent share, with Lenovo, Huawei and LG finishing the top five, with 5.5, 5.1 and 4.5 percent shares respectively.

Microsoft and Sony will look to rebound this quarter, especially as Microsoft prepares to release Windows 10 for its smartphones and tablets.

Source: Communities Dominate Brands

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26
May

Microsoft bringing digital assistant Cortana to Android and iOS


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Microsoft is announcing that Phone Companion will be bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The Redmond-based company plans on releasing separate apps for each mobile operating system, moving away from the digital assistant’s exclusivity to Microsoft products.

Cortana won’t be available on Android and iOS just yet, as Microsoft is only offering a sneak peak at the new apps today. But, we’ll see an official Android release come late June and an iOS release set for later this year.

Microsoft is attempting to make Cortana as seamless as possible on all mobile operating systems–you should be able to give it the same requests, whether you’re on Android or iOS. However, Microsoft does note that it won’t be nearly as powerful as it is on Windows because of the various integrations. Despite that, you will still be able to get notifications for all of your favorite content–sports, flights, weather, and more.

You can check out the full breakdown in the video below.

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It’ll be interesting to see what Google brings to I/O this year in terms of Google Now, as this is a big shift from Microsoft. The real problem company’s are going to face is getting people to actively use these digital assistants. As of right now, people outside of the tech crowd aren’t “sold” that they need a digital assistant.

What do you think of Microsoft making Cortana cross-platform? It’s certainly one of the better moves Microsoft has made for its software. Let us know in the comments.

source: Windows Blog

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