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Google Docs and Sheets get their own iOS apps

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Google Docs and Sheets get their own iOS apps
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Google has released two new apps for iOS, one for Docs and one for Sheets. The two apps are dedicated to viewing and editing text documents, as opposed to the Google Drive app, which shows all of your documents in one place. It's a way to easily find all of your documents of a single type. Both apps support all of the features that you would expect.








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Skype group video calling is finally free for everyone

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While rival services like Google Hangouts have long offered free group video calling, Microsoft is catching up to the competition and finally making Skype group video calling free. Skype users have been requesting free group video calling for years, and starting today Windows desktop, Mac, and Xbox One users will all be able to use the feature at no extra cost. "In the future, we'll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms," says Skype's Phillip Snalune.
Microsoft previously offered the feature as part of its Skype Premium service, a $8.99 monthly subscription that includes some free calls as part of a larger package. An individual day pass to access Skype Premium and group video calling cost $4.99 alone. Skype group video calling allows users to participate in video chats with up to 10 people using PCs or Macs. Microsoft's change of policy is part of a broader push by the company to position Skype more competitively against rivals…

Windows 8 Start Menu set to return in August

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Microsoft revealed earlier this month that the Start Menu will return to Windows 8. While Microsoft is keeping the timing for its return vague, sources familiar with the company's plans tell The Verge that the Start Menu will likely be available in a second update to Windows 8.1 currently scheduled for August. Microsoft's Terry Myerson, head of Windows and Xbox software, demonstrated an early prototype earlier this month of what the Start Menu will look like once it's available. It looks like a hybrid of the old Windows 7 Start Menu mixed in with some Windows 8 Live Tiles along one side.
Myerson also revealed that Microsoft will allow Windows 8-style "Metro" apps to run in the desktop environment inside their own windows. Both the changes bear more than a passing resemblance to a concept by a graphic designer that The Verge highlighted late last year. While Microsoft is expected to deliver the true windowing type of functionality in a "Windows 9" relea…

Windows Phone 8.1 now available to download

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After 18 months since the last major Windows Phone update, Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers today. The software maker detailed the update at its Build conference less than two weeks ago, and it's clear the version point increment doesn't tell the whole story. This is a significant update to Windows Phone 8, with new features like the Cortana digital assistant, a new notification center, and skinned Tiles for the Start Screen.
Registered Windows Phone developers can now start downloading the update on their devices, but if you're not a developer there's still an easy way to get Windows Phone 8.1 before your carrier is ready to start distributing it. Just head over to the Windows Phone App Studio site and sign in with your Microsoft Account and create a project. It's free to sign up and then you can simply download a special preview app on your existing Windows Phone 8 device and sign in to the app with a Microsoft Account to enable the…

You can download Windows 8.1 Update right now

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Microsoft is slowly but surely turning Windows 8 into a palatable operating system, starting with the first major Windows 8.1 update. Some of the new features of the update include the ability to pin apps to the taskbar, a right-click context menu on the Start screen and a host of keyboard and mouse functionality improvements. Unfortunately, the fated return of the Start menu is still at least an update away, but at least we finally know for sure that it's coming. Although the update is set to go live on Windows Update at 12pm ET, Neowin has gathered all the download links for the update in one convenient location for any impatient Windows users who want a better OS right this minute.

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Microsoft unveils redesigned Office for Windows touchscreens

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Using Office on a touch screen will get a whole lot easier soon. Microsoft has unveiled a new version of Office that gives each of its apps a mode built around use on a touchscreen — a feature that their predecessors quite noticeably lacked.
The new version, which Microsoft calls "a preview of a work in progress," looks quite a bit like the Office that was unveiled for the iPad just last week: apps have a simple bar on top, leaving most of the screen below for viewing documents. Most importantly, the toolbars are sparsely populated and feature buttons that should be large enough and spaced far enough apart that they'll be easy to select with your fingers. That said, the version Microsoft is showing on stage looks more full-featured than the stripped-back iPad app. Microsoft's famous "Ribbon" UI is still around, but it's been nipped and tucked to make sense in a touch environment. Just like the iPad app, there are also pinch-and-zoom gestures, and pop-u…

Microsoft: Yes, We're Bringing Back the Start Menu

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In a surprise announcement, Microsoft said it would bring back the Start Menu to the Windows desktop. It's not a part of the coming Windows 8.1 Update, but will come in a future upgrade.
Microsoft's Terry Myerson showed off the new version of the Start Menu to an audience of developers at Build 2014 as he explained that users would be able to find apps via the menu. Users would also be able to run Modern (aka "Metro") apps within windows on the desktop.
See also: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 Includes Voice Assistant 'Cortana' In a demo, Myerson showed that the new Start Menu looks similar to as it did in Windows 7, but it includes a minimized version of the Start screen right beside it. Read more...
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European Union vote clears the way to end roaming charges, enforce net neutrality

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Free roaming within the European Union is a step closer today, after the European parliament voted in favor of laws that would abolish roaming fees between EU member states, as part of a package of telecom reforms. The package, originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, moves Europe closer to a single market for mobile communication, especially with the recent arrival of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers.







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Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Update 1

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8.1 Update 1
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As expected, Microsoft on Wednesday announced the Windows 8.1 Update 1, a software update that Windows users who still prefer mouse and keyboard input over touch – or who don't have touch-enabled devices in the first place – will certainly appreciate. ""We've improved its enterprise support and we focused on making it smoother and easier to use with people who have a mouse and keyboard focus," Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said.Continue reading...

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With Windows 9, Microsoft may finally forget the past and embrace the future

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With Windows 9, Microsoft may finally forget the past and embrace the future
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Microsoft is expected to reveal the first details of its next major Windows release this week at Build 2014, ZDNet reports. Windows 9 – codenamed "Threshold" – will supposedly launch in the spring of 2015, but the company is already eager to share its vision of the future of its desktop operating system.Continue reading...

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Windows 8.1 is about to get better for mouse and keyboard users

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Windows 8.1 is about to get better for mouse and keyboard users
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Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 Update 1 following Build 2014, ZDNet reveals, making the operating system more appealing to users who still choose the mouse and keyboard when it comes to interacting with the operating system — especially on those older Windows computers that don't even have a touchscreen display. Developers who have MSDN subscriptions will receive Windows 8.1 Update 1 on April 2nd, once the company unveils the new features in Update 1. Everyone else will receive the update beginning April 8th.Continue reading...

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BBM 2.1 now available for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices

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BBM 2.1 now available for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices
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As expected, the latest version of BBM will begin rolling out today across BlackBerry, iPhone and Android devices. BBM 2.1 brings with it BBM Stickers as well as some new features like pictures in multi-person chats and larger file transfers of up to 16MB.The stickers will be available in both free and paid packs through the integrated BBM Shop. Packs will contain between 20-25 stickers and will be for brands like Shaun the Sheep and WWE.Read More »








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