I predicted that the Build conference would give us lots of Azure news. In one respect, I was right; there was lots of news.
Microsoft is bringing its Edge browser to iOS and Android but this also means that they are now actively developing two different browser platforms.
Microsoft has updated the Outlook apps for iOS and Android so they can now access conversations in Office 365 Groups. It’s a good step forward, if only maybe to reduce the number of Office 365 related apps you have to install on a phone.
My transition to an iPhone is fine and I have mastered Outlook for iOS. That is, except for Contacts, which are a problem because Outlook must obey Apple’s rules. And I won’t even discuss searching.
On January 20, Microsoft unexpectedly updated their original blog post from July announcing the Focused Inbox with information about client updates to support the feature. The update contains some answers to questions why people have not been able to use the much-trumpeted feature.
Fiat Chrysler announced today that it has partnered with Google to bring Android to its car dashboards. The move appears unrelated to Google’s Android Auto solution.
By the time Microsoft Ignite happens in September 2016, the Outlook app for iOS and Android will have an all-Microsoft infrastructure. The Amazon-based cache is being replaced by a new architecture that is shared by Exchange Online, Exchange on-premises and non-Microsoft email servers like Gmail. It’s a big change and it’s happening now.
With iPhone sales falling for the second quarter in a row, one might assume that overall smartphone sales have likewise stumbled. But don’t tell Samsung: It just reported its best quarter in two years thanks to stronger-than-expected Galaxy S7 sales.
Following in the footsteps of the Europe Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expanding its own investigation of Android to see whether Google is violating U.S. antitrust laws. But it’s unlikely that this investigation will ever amount to actual charges.
As expected, the European Union’s European Commission formally charged Google with violating antitrust laws by forcing its hardware maker and wireless carrier partners to bundle its own apps and services in the dominant Android mobile OS.
Like Microsoft before it, Google is discovering that domination has its downsides: The search giant is now under legal fire on multiple fronts, each of which could deal Google major setbacks.
Microsoft signed a partnership with Acer that will see Office and other apps preinstalled on the device maker’s phones and tablets. In doing so, Acer joins a lengthy and growing list of device makers that have aligned with Microsoft.
Microsoft and Google have quietly settled all of the approximately 20 patent-related lawsuits against each other. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.