Microsoft to discontinue Groove Music app, transitions Music Pass customers to Spotify

Microsoft has just announced that it will drop support for its Groove Music app after December 31, 2017. The company’s music streaming service will no longer offer customers the option to stream, purchase, and download music starting next year.

The reason is simply to deduct, and even Microsoft admits in the announcement that its service hasn’t been able to meet customers’ demands. The competition was tougher and Groove Music was becoming slowly completely redundant on a market that’s already becoming pretty crowded.

With the continued advancement of music …

Microsoft readying complete redesign of Skype for iPhone, here are some of the changes

A new version of Skype for iPhone is in the works at Microsoft’s labs. After introducing a new UI design early this year, the Skype team has taken all feedback to heart and is now trying to refine what’s been released many months ago.

For the time being, the new version of Skype for iPhone is available as a preview, which means some features might not yet work as intended. The good news is we know what to expect from the upcoming update, which we expect to arrive in the not so distant future.

You can find below some of the most important changes confirmed by developers, but …

The new Surface Pro will arrive in December says Microsoft executive

Back in May, Microsoft unveiled the sequel to the Surface Pro 4, which it called “the new Surface Pro.” Not different enough to earn the Surface Pro 5 moniker, you still might want to call several versions of the tablet the Surface Pro LTE. Models powered by the Core i5 will include built-in LTE connectivity for the first time in Surface Pro history. That limits the LTE support to Surface Pro tablets carrying 4GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of SSD storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU. As a comparison, the top of the line new Surface Pro model powered by an Intel Core i7 processor features …

Microsoft enables shared calendars feature on Outlook for Android and iOS

Microsoft’s Outlook for mobiles has just been updated with a new, important feature that will allow users to sync all Office365 shared calendars to their smartphones for any permission level, including view, edit, or delegate.

Besides these options, Android and iOS users will be able to share a calendar or accept shared calendar invitations from Outlook. Microsoft announced that the existing shared calendars will not be upgraded when the new feature will be rolled out, so they will continue to sync only to Outlook on the desktop.

Basically, this means that only shared calendars …

Microsoft updates Outlook for Android with add-ins, Gmail will soon get the same treatment

Microsoft launched add-ins for Outlook on iOS early this year but promised to provide the same features on the rival platform. Well, today is the day that Outlook users on Android get to benefit from the same functionality.

The Redmond-based company is now rolling out add-ins to Outlook on Android users with and Office 365 commercial email accounts. On top of the that, Microsoft announced that it will bring add-ins to Gmail users on both Android and iOS platforms.

Aside from the add-ins that made their debut on iOS such as Evernote, Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft Translator, …

Microsoft says the newest Cortana for Android is a “major evolution”

Microsoft has just released a major update for Cortana on Android devices. The new version of the app is called a “major evolution” suggesting many important features and improvements have been added. Well, let’s take a look at what Microsoft confirmed for Cortana v2.9.4, which has just been published in the Google Play Store.

First off, Cortana users will now be able to create a new list and edit list items on Android devices. Also, smart suggestions have been added too to help users do things faster and easier.

In the latest version of Cortana, …

Pictures and specs of the canceled Microsoft Surface mini appear once more

Of course you remember the Ballad of the Surface mini. It’s a country song performed by The Voice’s Blake Shelton and is full of the typical heart aching sadness that country songs are known for. It is about an event that was taking place in May 2014 to introduce the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface mini. But on the date of the event, the Surface mini never showed up as the product was pulled from the assembly line at the last moment and was never manufactured. Apparently, the assembly line had its heart won over by another product.

Just yesterday, tipster Evan Blass revealed images and specs …

Internal Microsoft memo blasts Consumer Reports' Surface complaints

Recently, a survey of 91,000 laptap and tablet buyers put together by Consumer Reports, found that 25% of Microsoft’s Surface devices have problems by the second year of ownership. As a result, the magazine.pulled its recommendation of Microsoft’s Surface tablets because of poor reliability. Among the devices losing their recommended status are the Surface Pro tablet and the Surface Book. Consumer Reports now says that it can not recommend any other Microsoft built tablet because of “poor predicted reliability.” Some of the issues that Surface tablet users have complained about include unresponsive …

Save up to $159 on the Surface Pro Essentials Bundle from Microsoft

While no one would confuse the Surface Pro tablet with a low priced bargain slate, every now and then Microsoft will take a few bucks off the price of  the device in order to make it a little more affordable for those eager to own one. Another trick is to look for discounted bundle deals that are available from Microsoft. For example, you can now save $159 by purchasing a Surface Pro Essentials Bundle.

With the Surface Pro Essentials Bundle, you get a Surface Pro tablet, choice of Type Cover, a Surface Sleeve, two-year warranty and one year of Office 365. Overall, we can break this …