Lenovo has just revealed this week that it has inked a deal with software giant Microsoft, paving the way for future mobile devices from the Chinese tech giant to come preinstalled with Microsoft’s three productivity apps, namely Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other programs), OneDrive (cloud based storage), and Skype (video chat messaging and voice calls).
Word Flow, the impressive Windows Phone keyboard made by Microsoft, has officially come to the iOS mobile operating system. This new version optimized for iOS mobile users allows them to simply tap or swipe in order to type out letters, and intuitively guess the words to be typed when composing phrases or sentences, just like what the original version for the Windows Phone platform does.
Good news for fans of Microsoft’s Surface series of tablet devices -- the company has decided to offer its Surface Pro 4 tablet with a generous discount of $100, with the discount applying to all five variants of the device. On top of that, the tech giant has also decided to sell its newest activity tracking wearable device, the Microsoft Band 2, at $50 off. Microsoft’s discounted prices for its Surface Pro 4 tablet and Microsoft Band 2 wearable device is good through February 27th and February 20th, respectively, of this year.
In December of last year, it was reported that Microsoft was delaying the Windows 10 Mobile update for older models of Lumia smartphones. But recent reports seem to indicate that the update is finally being prepped for deployment.
Fans of Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile operating system have been clamoring for a smartphone that would become the true face of the platform. But truth be told, the current available Windows 10 smartphones out there, most notably Microsoft’s own Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, as good as their specifications are, still leave some things to be desired. And it does not help that Microsoft seem to be reducing its efforts in promoting the flagship devices.
When it comes to releasing smartphones, Microsoft has not had much success. The company may still be considered a giant in the software industry, but establishing a solid presence in the smartphone industry has proven to be a far harder task. It has only been barely over a month since Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones, but these devices are just not killing it in terms of sales.
To open Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant, normally one only needs to speak the words “Hey Cortana” and the mobile app would just launch. But the version of this feature that runs on the Android mobile operating system in the United States apparently can no longer be launched with that specific voice prompt.
Apple and Microsoft have already done it, and it appears that Google wants to join in on the fun, too. What we are talking about, of course, is the ability to generate a split screen view on a tablet’s display, in effect showing more than one mobile app on the screen for the user to interact with. Indeed, Google’s competitors already possess this capability, and the mobile giant is looking to keep up very soon.
Retail giant Best Buy will be having a tempting sale this weekend ahead of Black Friday, but the special sale will only be held for one single day and on selected stores. On Saturday, from 1 PM to 5 PM local time, the American company is offering discounts on various items in certain locations. As indicated by BlackFriday.com, the sale will only be happening in 400 Best Buy stores across the United States.
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