Microsoft's Outlook gains full screen view on iPad, many Calendar improvements

Microsoft has just released a new version of Outlook for iOS devices. Among the few important improvements included there’s one aimed at iPad users. The rest of the changes apply to all iOS devices running Outlook app.

With the latest version of Outlook, iPad users will have an easier time reading emails since the app now offers a full-screen view. The rest of the changes include performance improvements and bug fixes meant to make Outlook better than ever.

Finally, the Office team added a small change to the calendar icon, which is now moving as users are scrolling through their days …


Microsoft's SwiftKey gains support for Chinese handwriting and new languages on Android

Acquired by Microsoft last year, SwiftKey continues to improve its apps on both Android and iOS platforms. The last update we reported about dates from one month ago and brought GIF search support and new languages.

Today, developers have pushed another update aimed at Android users. Unlike the previous update, the new one doesn’t necessarily brings any new features, but it definitely adds several tweaks and improvements.

The most important new feature is the addition of Chinese handwriting support, which will allow a large mass of users to use handwriting …

Microsoft's SMS client for Android is available in India only


The vast majority of Microsoft’s annual revenue related to mobile phones actually comes from licensing its large number of Android related patents to manufacturers. So why shouldn’t Microsoft take care of business by offering an SMS client for Android devices? And so Microsoft Garage, the software giant’s experimental division, did so. It’s called SMS Organizer, but if you don’t live in India, you are not going to find it available for your Android phone.

Sporting a new tab-based interface, SMS Organizer puts your personal messages in one tab while other messages involving transactions …

Microsoft's latest SEC filing confirms that it has given up on mobile and is focusing on AI

So what was the moment when Microsoft’s hoped for success in mobile turned? Was it when Steve Jobs walked out on stage with the Apple iPhone on January 9th, 2007? After all, during the presentation, Apple’s co-founder and CEO managed to get some jabs in on certain smartphones powered by Windows Mobile such as the Samsung BlackJack and the Motorola “Q.” And that was only the beginning.

Microsoft’s comments posted in the company’s latest SEC filings indicate that mobile is no longer an important part of the software giant’s outlook. Previously, the strategic vision for Microsoft listed on …

Microsoft's Arrow Launcher lands many new features in latest update

The team behind Arrow Launcher has just released a major update for their Android app, which has already been pushed to Google Play Store. Arrow Launcher 3.7 brings many new features and tweaks based on user feedback.

One of the most useful new features introduced in the latest update is the option to merge or remove any contact dupes in the address book. You can now let Arrow Launcher manage your contact list and never have to worry about having any duplicates in your address book.

Another important change is the option to sign in with a Microsoft Account …

Pictures of Microsoft's canceled Nokia Mercury tablet emerge

Microsoft canceled more than one device while its mobile division was active. We’ve already talked about the Lumia 960 flagship smartphone and the Surface Mini tablet. However, we haven’t yet reported anything about Nokia Mercury, a slate that should have been released in 2014-2015 with Windows RT on board.

Some press pictures of the Nokia Mercury surfaced a long time ago, but now we get to take a look at the real thing. A few live pictures of the canceled tablet has just been published by Italian publication WindowsBlogItalia.

The slate was powered by an …

Pictures of Microsoft's cancelled Surface Mini tablet surface online

Back in the good old days of 2014 (oh, how time flies!) Microsoft was setting up for a launch of not just one, but two tablets running its Windows RT operating system — the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Mini. But for one reason or another, the latter of the two got scrapped at the very last moment, as CEO Satya Nadella had little confidence in its success in the crowded small tablet market.

But while we’ve heard official confirmation of the device’s existence, we’ve never actually seen a prototype in action — until now, that is. Pictures obtained by …

Microsoft's OneNote app gets completely redesigned on iOS

If you’re part of the Office Insiders group, then you already know what’s new in the latest version of OneNote for iOS. Microsoft released a major update for the application a few weeks ago, but the new features were only available to beta testers.

Today, OneNote version 16.0 has been officially released in the App Store, so everyone can give it a try and check out the improvements added by developers. However, the first thing you’ll notice is the complete re-design of the iOS application.

Microsoft changed the way notes are organized by improving the layout. …

Harman Kardon and Microsoft's Invoke smart speaker is coming too late to endanger Amazon

Not letting Amazon whisk all the attention away with the Echo Show, Harman Kardon formally announced the Invoke. This is a Microsoft Cortana-integrated smart speaker that’s not going to hit the market until Fall at the earliest. Being a HK product, the Invoke has a predictably pleasant look with a metal chassis, pretty much ready to fit any modern room. In the brand’s good name, Harmon is aiming for high quality sound as well. But we all know the acoustic properties of such a speaker are too constrained to deliver the kind of hi-fi audio that melts your soul.

The …

Microsoft's Groove Music scores a couple of improvements in the latest update

Groove Music is probably not among the most popular music players available on the iOS platform, so thumbs up to Microsoft for trying to offer a smooth experience to those who use it often.

In the latest version of Groove Music for iOS, Microsoft did some tweaking with the navigation and addressed some issues that have been reported by users.

All in all, the most important change is the simplified app navigation, which should make it easier to find recently played music. Long-time users will notice that the “Your Groove” category has been renamed and is now listed as “Recommended” …