Post Tagged with: "Microsoft"

Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

Microsoft launches Skype Qik: Group Video Chat

In April this year, Microsoft announced it was retiring their Qik video messaging service, and were merging it with Skype to better enhance user experience. It seems to have finally come to fruition with Microsoft today announcing its new service called Skype Qik: Group Video Chat. Skype Qik is an mobile-only app that is focused solely on swapping short clips (up to 42 seconds long) with contacts imported from contacts stored on your phone. Skype Qik allows for group messages to be created from these contacts, to quickly and easily allow you to arrange social, or business gatherings using these[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on October 15, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
Microsoft adds One Note for Android Wear to Google Play

Microsoft adds One Note for Android Wear to Google Play

Microsoft was late to the mobile game, and since then they’ve generally played catch-up, although Windows Phone is finally showing some promise, they still have only a tiny market share. To encourage users to embrace their products, Microsoft has cottoned onto the strategy of releasing Android versions of their products to entice users over, and the latest ploy is to release One Note for Android Wear. To use One Note for Android Wear, you will of course need a phone running Android 4.3 with the Android Wear app installed, an Android Wear watch and two Microsoft Android apps: One Note[Read More...]

by 10:06 AM on September 17, 2014 1 comment Android Wear, Apps
Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

Microsoft to lay off 12,500 staff and shift some Nokia X designs to Lumia range

The release of the Android Nokia X range just prior to the purchase of the company by Microsoft, left many people asking what the future of the Nokia X series was. With the launch of the Nokia X2 range late last month after the purchase had gone through it seemed the series could stick around. But overnight, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has overnight sent a letter to staff outlining some future plans for the Nokia X series and also some news about the future of some of the staff. The Microsoft team will lose a total of 18,000 staff[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on July 18, 2014 3 comments Manufacturer, News
Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

Microsoft Releases Climatology, a Weather App that is about what the weather is usually like

In a somewhat surprising move, Microsoft have launched an app that is mainly about what the weather is like in various places around the earth at various times and seasons. They’ve called the app Climatology. The Microsoft Research-developed app can show you any location’s temperature around the world, so not just your current location but it will also show you the selected location’s humidity and the average amount of rain and sunshine it’ll get during a particular month. Lets say for example, you’re heading to the United Kingdom in September/October, you just look up the place and choose a month[Read More...]

by 4:23 PM on July 13, 2014 1 comment Apps, News
Google adds Native MS Office editing to Google Docs editor

Google adds Native MS Office editing to Google Docs editor

In the battle for the enterprise market, Google today launched a fairly big gun. The Microsoft Office suite, is, it’s fair to say fairly ubiquitous across corporate IT culture around the world, but Google is trying to change that, but to make it easy, they’ve added native MS Office editing to Google Docs. After they acquired the Office Editing software Quick Office back in 2012, Google has quietly incorporated its functions into many of their products and services. Even now you can get offline editing of Office Docs on ChromeOS, but now they’re taking it to the cloud. When you[Read More...]

by 11:41 AM on June 26, 2014 4 comments Google Services
Chinese website details Microsoft-held patents which cover Android technologies

Chinese website details Microsoft-held patents which cover Android technologies

Microsoft has long claimed that it holds a line of patents that are infringed by Google’s operating system, and it has used this portfolio in the past to take legal action against some smaller device releases in the past. However, unlike other users of patents, Microsoft has kept the nature of its portfolio pretty closely held… until now. You see, Microsoft has built quite a lucrative business from its patent holdings. Estimates put Microsoft earning somewhere between $1b and $2b annually from Android device makers paying royalties to Microsoft. Microsoft itself has claimed that as many as 50% of device[Read More...]

by 7:45 AM on June 17, 2014 0 comments Legal, News
Nokia X — Review

Nokia X — Review

Nokia finally delivers a phone running Android – is it worthy of their name? Ask just about anyone what their first phone was, the usual answer will be “some Nokia phone”. My history with mobile phones is littered with Nokia models, from the analogue Nokia 2100 to the 5110, 8210 and 3350. When Nokia failed to truly embrace the oncoming smartphone revolution, I was forced over to early ‘smartphone platforms’ running the likes of PalmOS and Windows Mobile, before finally I finally switched to Android. Like many Australians, Nokia holds a special place in my phone-loving heart. When Stephen Elop,[Read More...]

by 11:12 AM on June 11, 2014 8 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones
Qik video shutting down at the end of April

Qik video shutting down at the end of April

Qik, the social video sharing app, has overnight announced that its services will be shutting down from 30 April 2014. Qik, which was purchased by Skype/Microsoft 3 years ago, has lived on as a standalone app since the purchase, however Microsoft has announced that Qik’s features have finally folded into Skype, meaning there’s no reason to offer a duplicate product. Qik have stated that users should download their videos, as these videos won’t be saved past the April 30th closure. If you have received a video through VideoMail within the Qik app/service, the company did state that these video’s from[Read More...]

by 9:21 AM on March 21, 2014 0 comments Apps, News
[MWC 2014] Nokia Goes XXX at MWC announcing the Nokia X, X+ and XL Android powered smartphones

[MWC 2014] Nokia Goes XXX at MWC announcing the Nokia X, X+ and XL Android powered smartphones

Nokia has officially joined the Android world. The company just made Nokia X official – surprisingly, Nokia’s new Android line is actually a series with three devices aimed at “growth markets” – the Nokia X, X+ and XL. The phones run Android, but integrate with Nokia and Microsoft services instead of Google’s own, while still allowing the phones to run Android Apps. Promotion of the new devices heavily centered on the unique services that the Microsoft/Nokia relationship provide like Here Maps, MixRadio and Outlook. Microsoft’s newly-renamed OneDrive cloud storage service performs backups of photos, with 7GB of OneDrive space being[Read More...]

by 8:17 PM on February 24, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Nokia 925 — Review

Nokia 925 — Review

Ausdroid takes on the Nokia Lumia 925 This is a little out of the norm, we normally stick to the Android based handsets and devices that are available in Australia, but a recent challenge by the team over at TechGeek to review the Lumia 925 had us intrigued. With limited experience of the WP8 OS, I felt it was time to take a closer look. Don’t worry, this won’t be a regular thing but it’s nice to look at the competition sometimes. Nokia Australia has kindly supplied a 16GB Black Lumia 925 to us to complete this review. Phones from[Read More...]

by 10:13 AM on October 30, 2013 16 comments Design, Reviews
Microsoft releases Remote Desktop application for Android

Microsoft releases Remote Desktop application for Android

Microsoft, in their transition to a ‘devices and services company’ (whatever that means), seem committed to getting their software onto every device owned by everyone. I for one am all for it – I’m more likely to use a service if it’s available across platforms – and I was quite excited when I heard the news late last week that Microsoft were finally making their own remote desktop application available for Android. If you’re not familiar with remote desktop, it’s a service that’s been integrated into Windows for as long as I can remember, that lets you login to, and[Read More...]

by 11:12 AM on October 29, 2013 13 comments Apps
Microsoft reportedly trying to get HTC to dual-boot Windows on its Android phones

Microsoft reportedly trying to get HTC to dual-boot Windows on its Android phones

A long time ago – before HTC got themselves into all sorts of financial problems, before UltraPixels, before Nokia and Microsoft got into bed together – HTC was a key partner in Microsoft’s mobile strategy. The Taiwanese manufacturer once made a lot of money manufacturing Windows Mobiles for other companies before they started trying to establish a brand with iconic handsets like the HD2, which to this day refuses to die. But when the iPhone happened, people lost interest in Windows Mobile. So HTC teamed up with Google to build handsets powered by Android, the new kid on the block.[Read More...]

by 7:21 AM on October 7, 2013 12 comments Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Ausdroid attends the EB Games Expo

Ausdroid attends the EB Games Expo

The EB Games Expo is a trade/game show held by Australian retailer EB Games to allow gamers to experience upcoming software and hardware from manufacturers and developers from Australia and around the world. This year, Ausdroid was allowed to attend as guests of EB Games to check out what was on offer from both hardware and software manufacturers. The Expo, which is being held this year and next at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush), started on Friday and had its last day today, running until 4pm. In only its third year, the show is getting pretty big,[Read More...]

by 5:42 PM on October 6, 2013 1 comment Uncategorized