Microsoft tried to launch its xCloud game streaming service on the App Store for iPhone and iPad users, but Apple rejected the app due to its strict guidelines. Now emails revealed in the Epic vs. Apple trial on Wednesday show that Apple even removed a similar app from the App Store after its existence was mentioned by Microsoft.Expand Expanding Close
Following a recent update that brought performance improvements to the app, Microsoft Teams for macOS has once again been updated — this time with support for sharing system audio with others. At the same time, Microsoft confirmed that a future update will enable native notifications in the macOS version of the app.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft has announced that a public preview for its Visual Studio 2022 will be coming soon. Along with a number of changes and enhancements, the latest app development software will arrive with an all-new Mac version that includes a native UI, improved performance and reliability, support for macOS accessibility features, and more.Expand Expanding Close
After having to scrap its plan to offer an iOS app due to Apple’s App Store policies, Xbox is officially moving ahead with the web-based xCloud public beta for iOS. The release comes after an early preview last year that gave a first look at xCloud running on iPhone, iPad, and more.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft this week updated its Remote Desktop client for macOS, which allows users to access their computer through another device remotely. The latest update brought native support for the M1 chip, as well as some new features.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft is rolling out an update to its Edge web browser on macOS, bringing a new Kids Mode. This feature locks children into the browser with access to only approved sites.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft has announced today that it is acquiring Nuance Communications, the company that originally built Siri’s backend. With the $19.7 billion deal, Microsoft is looking to advance its AI and cloud capabilities in the healthcare industry – what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls “the most urgent application.”Expand Expanding Close
Over the last few months, Microsoft has been running an aggressive campaign throwing shade at Apple’s Macs. Now the latest ad from Microsoft takes shots at iPad Pro while touting the Surface Pro 7 as the “better choice” with the same strategy it’s been using.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft’s open-source code editor, Visual Studio Code, has been updated this week with a great enhancement for M1 Mac users. The tool is now fully compatible with the Apple Silicon platform, which means that it now runs natively on Macs with the M1 chip.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft is out today with a new iPhone app that’s aiming to improve in-person meetings and conversations with a new take on smart transcription. The Group Transcribe iOS app is now available and boasts features like highly accurate real-time transcription, translation, speaker attribution, and more.Expand Expanding Close
As the Microsoft Ignite event kicked off today, the company took time to focus on its AR/VR efforts with the announcement of the Microsoft Mesh platform. The new mixed-reality software will work with the company’s hardware like the HoloLens 2 and more to offer collaborative virtual experiences and eventually “holoportation.” All of this comes as Apple could launch its first AR headset as soon as this year.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft had to abandon its original plans to let people play xCloud games on iPhones and iPads via an iOS app, the same way it does on Android (above photo), but is reportedly “very close” to a public preview of a web-based workaround.
Microsoft employees are said to be testing the approach, with a public preview described as “very close” …Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft has released an update today to its To Do app for iPhone and iPad. The big focus of the new build is the three new widgets that make it easier to manage your schedule and To Do list.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft today officially launched the new Autofill solution, which lets users easily store and manage their website passwords across different devices — including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PCs, and Android phones.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft has launched the latest stable version of its Edge browser to the public and it’s now available as a specific build for Apple Silicon M1 Macs.Expand Expanding Close
At Build 2020, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, the company announced a new service called Microsoft Lists. Today, the app has been made available to download from the App Store.Expand Expanding Close
As Microsoft looks toward the future, “One Outlook” is the vision for how its mail and calendar app will evolve. Notably, the biggest part of that includes a controversial shift from dedicated Mac and Windows apps to a web-based app that’s platform agnostic.Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft has made a variety of major announcements for Office 365 users on the Mac. With updates rolling out today, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for the Mac are all now optimized for Apple Silicon. The apps have also been redesigned with macOS Big Sur in mind, and more.Expand Expanding Close
Concerns about misuse of data on employee usage of apps like Office 365 and Teams has resulted in a rapid Microsoft U-turn.
The company had logged app usage data at a user level, and claimed enterprise customers could use the data to measure both the productivity and influence of their employees. Microsoft has now announced that it has heard the concerns about this and taken immediate action …Expand Expanding Close
Last week we heard from Apple’s VP of software engineering Craig Federighi that the ARM version of Windows 10 could run natively on Apple Silicon M1 Macs but was “really up to Microsoft.” Now a developer has found a workaround enabling the first virtualization of ARM Windows running successfully on an M1 Mac and claims the performance is “pretty snappy.”Expand Expanding Close
Privacy and misuse concerns have been raised about a Microsoft 365 feature that allows companies to spy on employees.
A ‘productivity score’ feature promoted as providing aggregated data on how organizations are performing can be used by managers to monitor individual employees …Expand Expanding Close
Microsoft’s exec VP of gaming has argued that the Xbox games commission – the slice it takes of games sold through its own platform – isn’t comparable to Apple’s App Store commission.
Prior to Apple’s partial U-turn in halving the commission it charges most developers, the iPhone maker had pointed to games consoles as evidence that 30% was a standard industry commission. But Microsoft’s Phil Spencer rejects the comparison, for two reasons …Expand Expanding Close