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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015



  Bing's Search Share Cracks 20 Percent
Time: 11:39 EST/16:39 GMT | News Source: PC Magazine | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Google is still the world's dominant search engine (just ask the EU), but in the U.S., Microsoft's Bing is picking up some steam. According to data from comScore, Bing finally topped 20 percent market share in March. Google dropped 0.1 points from February, but kept its U.S market lead with 64.4 percent—three times that of Microsoft, which grew 0.3 points to 20.1 percent. Yahoo also dipped slightly to 12.7 percent, while Ask Network and AOL rounded out the top five with 1.8 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.

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  Windows 10 for phones build 10051 pulled for Lumia 520, 525 and 526, investigation ongoing
Time: 11:39 EST/16:39 GMT | News Source: WinBeta | Posted By: Byron Hinson

It's been a few days since Microsoft released the 10051 build for the Windows 10 for phones technical preview. If you're a proud owner of the good-old Lumia 520, 525 and 526, you'll be unable to install the update. Why? Several owners of the above-mentioned smartphones reported problems the company's forums about their issues when trying to revert back to Windows Phone 8.1. Many users reported that there smartphones were bricked when they tried to downgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 using the Windows Phone recovery tool.

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  Halo: Spartan Strike now available to download on Windows, Windows Phone, and iOS
Time: 11:38 EST/16:38 GMT | News Source: WinBeta | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Back in 2013, Microsoft released Halo: Spartan Assault. It was one of the first major game to be released as a Universal App for Windows and Windows Phone, making possible to start playing the game on one your PC or tablet for example, and continue right where you left off on your phone. Today, Microsoft announced the availability of its second Halo mobile game, Halo: Spartan Strike. While the first game took place sometime between Halo 3 and 4, Spartan Strike takes place during the events of Halo 2.

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  Windows 8.1 adoption and Microsoft app store trends
Time: 11:36 EST/16:36 GMT | News Source: Windows SuperSite | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Yesterday Microsoft released a detailed blog post, part of a series they do each month, in which they provided a lot of information about trends in the Windows and Windows Phone Stores. We have discussed developers, apps and earnings a lot over the last two weeks for Windows Phone and part of that discussion has always pointed towards Windows 10 and universal apps.

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  Cyanogen gets rid of Google, will put Microsoft’s apps on its version of Android
Time: 11:36 EST/16:36 GMT | News Source: DigitalTrends.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Cyanogen is on the prowl for new partners as it moves away from Google to customize Android on its own terms. For some time now, rumors have circulated that Cyanogen would partner with Microsoft to further its modified version of the Android operating system. Cyanogen and Microsoft finally made their partnership official with the announcement that a slew of Microsoft apps will be preloaded onto Cyanogen devices from now on.

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  Microsoft Renews Search Partnership With Yahoo, Revised Agreement Allows Yahoo With Increased Flexibility To Innovate
Time: 11:33 EST/16:33 GMT | News Source: Microsoft | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Today, Microsoft announced that they are renewing the search partnership with Yahoo. But there are some major changes in the new agreement between both these companies. Microsoft will become the exclusive salesforce for ads delivered by Microsoft’s Bing Ads platform, while Yahoo will continue to be the exclusive salesforce for Yahoo’s Gemini ads platform. Yahoo will to serve Bing ads and search results for a majority of its desktop search traffic. Yes, only majority of the traffic. Not all the traffic as before. This allows Yahoo to monetize rest of the traffic using their own ad platform or sell it to Google.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015



  Why Microsoft fans should buy an iPhone over Android (and over Windows Phone)
Time: 11:46 EST/16:46 GMT | News Source: BGR.Com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft is still playing catch-up with its mobile business, being a distant third to Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. That means many people choose an Android handset or an iPhone even though their desktop operating system of choice might be Windows. While Microsoft is currently building a brand new version of Windows that should offer an even more cohesive experience on phones and desktops, Windows fans who don’t want to purchase Lumia or other Windows Phone devices would be better off buying an iPhone than an Android device.

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  Microsoft unveils the $149 Lumia 540 Dual SIM smartphone
Time: 11:45 EST/16:45 GMT | News Source: ActiveWin.com | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft’s latest smartphone is an affordable phone with a 5 inch, 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, and a rather affordable price tag. The Lumia 540 Dual SIM should be available in May for about $149.

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  Roll Your Own Tabata Routines for the Microsoft Band
Time: 11:43 EST/16:43 GMT | News Source: Windows SuperSite | Posted By: Byron Hinson

The Microsoft Band is a good fitness companion. It tracks GPS and treadmill running, biking, impromptu or self-styled workouts, and provides guided workouts. In addition to hammering away at running, I've been testing the guided workouts for a few weeks.

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  Microsoft updates Office 2016 for Mac Preview, intros new iPhone apps for Office 365
Time: 11:43 EST/16:43 GMT | News Source: AppleInsider | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft on Wednesday released an updated version of the Office 2016 for Mac Preview, cleaning up bug and performance problems while adding new features, as the company also simultaneously launched two new Office 365 apps for the iPhone, Office Delve and Office 365 Video.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015



  Microsoft and HTC reportedly working on a Windows 10-powered HTC One M9
Time: 12:22 EST/17:22 GMT | News Source: WinBeta | Posted By: Byron Hinson

For the percentage of people who happen to be both Windows Phone, and HTC fans, it may have been a little disappointed when the Taiwanese phone-maker revealed its latest One (M9) flagship at Mobile World Congress 2015 without a Windows Phone version. All hope is not lost though as HTC and Microsoft are reportedly working closely on the successor of the HTC One (M8) for Windows. According to HTC’s President of Global Sales and Chief Financial Officer, Chia-Lin Chang, the company is currently evaluating Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system in order to later determine “where it fits in the HTC lineup”.

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  Microsoft Band comes to the UK tomorrow April 15th, pre-order while supplies last
Time: 12:21 EST/17:21 GMT | News Source: WinBeta | Posted By: Byron Hinson

For those of you living in the UK and eager to get your hands on the Microsoft Band, the device officially goes on sale April 15th. Head over to the VIA link below to pre-order the device right now before supplies run out. The band was originally sold exclusively in the United States. Even though it was available online at Microsoft’s website, bands couldn’t be delivered to anywhere outside of the US.

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  Microsoft and Fujitsu double down on the Internet of Things
Time: 12:20 EST/17:20 GMT | News Source: TechRadar | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Even though Microsoft is working hard to implement a version of Windows 10 for the Internet of Things (IoT) it has had its finger in that pie for quite some time. The Hannover Messe conference heard how Microsoft has been assisting Fujitsu in an agricultural production facility that grows vegetables with the assistance of processes automated using sensors that feed back information on the plants, according to ZDNet.

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  Surface 3: A closer look at the glass
Time: 12:20 EST/17:20 GMT | News Source: Neowin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

In a few weeks, you will be able to buy the Surface 3, and leading up to that release, we have been highlighting many of the new features with the tablet. One unique area that where the Surface 3 differs from its predecessor, the Surface 2, is its display.

The Surface 3 comes with a 10.8-inch ClearType display that Microsoft calls "Full HD Plus," referring to the fact that its resolution is a bit higher than a standard 1080p panel. The reason for this is because the 3:2 aspect ratio would not support the marketing definition of 1080p, which is 1920x1080. So, Microsoft upped the resolution a bit to be on par with other 1080p displays in this 3:2 arrangement.

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  Revamped Skype for Business rolls out for Office 365, quietly bumping off Lync
Time: 12:18 EST/17:18 GMT | News Source: PC World | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft released Skype for Business on Tuesday, replacing its older Lync service. And if that sounds a little boring—well, that’s sort of the whole idea. As it signalled last November, Microsoft pulled out elements from its older Lync client and rereleased it as Skype for Business on Tuesday. The new software will roll out as part of the April release of Skype for Business. And the online version of the app, known as Skype for Business Online, is making its way to your browser right now, Microsoft said; everyone should see it by the end of the month.

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NEWS HEADLINES FOR: THURSDAY, APRIL 09, 2015



  What's behind Microsoft's not-so-crazy startup spending spree
Time: 14:10 EST/19:10 GMT | News Source: Network World | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft so far this year has been the most acquisitive company in enterprise IT, snapping up at least four firms on top of four others that it bought in the last two months of 2014. And while the buyouts might at first glance appear scattershot – we’re talking text analysis, calendaring and digital pen startups among others -- there does seem to be a grand plan here.

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  Microsoft Adds Movies & TV Content To Windows Store Beta In 20 Countries, Music Content Coming Soon
Time: 14:09 EST/19:09 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

As part of the single Store experience, apps and games can be discovered, purchased and updated across all of your devices. Microsoft is also adding music, movies and TV shows into the Store for you purchase and access across all your devices too. Today, Microsoft is rolling out Movies and TV in Windows Store beta in 20 countries.

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  Microsoft's Office Online now lets users work with Dropbox documents
Time: 14:08 EST/19:08 GMT | News Source: Neowin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Even though Microsoft offers online cloud storage services with OneDrive, that didn't stop them from partnering with the popular Dropbox, and even offering bonus storage for those that use both companies' cloud services. Today that partnership goes one step further, as Microsoft has announced that the Dropbox and Office integration that was introduced last year is now extending to non-business users. When using Office Online, you can now open and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents stored on your Dropbox account directly from your browser, without leaving the web apps.

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  New Surface 3 commercial promotes the device as the perfect student companion
Time: 14:07 EST/19:07 GMT | News Source: WinBeta | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Just over a month left till Microsoft’s Surface 3 finally goes on sale. Since the announcement last week, Microsoft has released three commercials featuring the Atom-powered Surface, and now a fourth has been uploaded.

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  Amazon takes aim at Microsoft’s big data plans with new Machine Learning service
Time: 14:06 EST/19:06 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Amazon just took aim at a growing area of Microsoft’s business today with the announcement of its new Amazon Machine Learning service on Amazon Web Services at its AWS Summit in San Francisco. As the name implies, it’s designed to make it easy for developers to take advantage of machine learning techniques without requiring a background in data science.

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  Microsoft’s top lawyer, fighting U.S. over customer email, calls for reform of ‘outdated’ electronic privacy laws
Time: 14:05 EST/19:05 GMT | News Source: E-Mail | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft filed a reply brief overnight in its ongoing legal fight against a U.S. search warrant that seeks access to customer email stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland. The company argues that the government is improperly stretching U.S. law beyond the country’s borders.

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  Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL: Pre-orders start in the UK, while the U.S. must wait for AT&T
Time: 14:03 EST/19:03 GMT | News Source: DigitalBackspin | Posted By: Byron Hinson

Microsoft may be saving its next flagship Lumia smartphone for the Windows 10 launch for mobile devices, but it did show off two brand-new Lumia phones back in March. The Lumia 640 and 640 XL are solid, mid-range devices that follow in the footsteps of the many other Lumia Windows phones that came before them.

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