Microsoft's Black Friday 2017 deals include savings on two Android flagship phones


If you want to know what Microsoft is planning for Black
Friday 2017, you’ve come to the right place. While most of the company’s Black
Friday deals don’t have anything to do with phones, there are some upcoming
offers that will certainly be of interest to our readers. In particular, starting
November 23, Microsoft will allow customers to buy Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and
Galaxy S8+ (unlocked) at $150 off.

 

Right now, Microsoft is selling the unlocked Galaxy S8 for $724.99,
while the unlocked Galaxy S8+ is offered for $824.99. At $150 off, the two
flagship handsets will cost $574.99 and $674.99, …


Report: Microsoft's foldable tablet to focus on note-taking, may be released in 2018

A lot of ink has been spilled in the topic of Microsoft’s spectacular failure in the smartphone realm, though one would imagine such musings would stop now that Windows 10 Mobile is pretty much officially dead. And yet, there’s that one rumor that has simply refused to die: the one about the foldable Surface device that’s been in development seemingly forever.

But if a new report from Windows Central is to be believed, the reason as to why it persists is simple: Microsoft is actually working on such a prototype. Commonly referred to as “Andromeda” (though …

Microsoft's Belfiore puts the final nails into the Windows 10 Mobile coffin

For many, Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore was the face of Windows Phone. He made important contributions to the development of the platform, having a hand in the creation of the Metro UI, Live Tiles and Cortana. That is why he created an uproar by using an Apple iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy S7 as his daily drivers during a 9-month leave of absence from Microsoft. Belfiore used the time to travel around the world.

Currently, the Microsoft executive uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 loaded with Microsoft software. In a series of tweets that Belfiore disseminated today, he blamed the app gap as the …

Microsoft's upcoming Mixed Reality app (formerly View 3D) is Android bound according to video?

Microsoft posted a job listing the other day, apparently seeking developers to build a 3D scanning and augmented reality app for mobile devices. One question not answered by the listing is which platform(s) will be the recipient of this work. It appears that Microsoft might have given away the answer with a promotional video it released back in May. The video, which we’ve embedded at the stop of the story for your viewing pleasure, shows a preview of Redmond’s View 3D app. The upcoming app will now be known as Microsoft’s Mixed Reality viewer when released.

At the 1:33 mark in the …

Microsoft's Belfiore puts the final nails into the Windows Phone coffin

For many, Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore was the face of Windows Phone. He made important contributions to the development of the platform, having a hand in the creation of the Metro UI, Live Tiles and Cortana. That is why he created an uproar by using an Apple iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy S7 as his daily drivers during a 9-month leave of absence from Microsoft. Belfiore used the time to travel around the world.

Currently, the Microsoft executive uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 loaded with Microsoft software. In a series of tweets that Belfiore disseminated today, he blamed the app gap as the …

Microsoft's Harman Kardon Invoke speaker expected to arrive in late October for $150

Microsoft’s Cortana-enabled speaker built by Harman Kardon, the Invoke, was confirmed to launch on the market sometime this fall, but no details about the device’s exact release date and price emerged until now.

Well, it looks like if you’ve been waiting for the Cortana-enabled speaker you won’t have to wait too long now. According to a new report, the Invoke will be launched on the market in the third week of October. As mentioned earlier, the speaker was confirmed to hit the shelves this fall, but this is the first time that we have information about a …

Have a better look at Microsoft's canceled Lumia 2020 tablet

Microsoft, probably like many other companies, canceled quite a few hardware products over the years. After the Redmond acquired Nokia’s mobile phone division, there was much excitement among Microsoft fans. Such a well-known smartphone brand backed by an equally solid name couldn’t fail, right?

Unfortunately, these days Windows Phone doesn’t mean much in terms of market share. Microsoft got rid of Nokia’s smartphone business and canceled a few products while at it.

One of these projects that never saw the light of day, the Nokia Lumia 2020 was supposed to …

Apple drops Microsoft's Bing in favor of Google for Siri web search results on iOS

Ok, so Samsung may not the be only company taking Google’s money to use its search engine on their products. Apple has just confirmed that it has decided to switch from Bing to Google for Siri web search results on iOS.

Switching to Google as the web search provider for Siri, Search within iOS and Spotlight on Mac will allow these services to have a consistent web search experience with the default in Safari. We have strong relationships with Google and Microsoft and remain committed to delivering the best user experience possible, reads Apple’s press statement.