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One of the newest products released within the Office band of products in 2014, is Microsoft Sway. Sway has been available in a very limited preview so far this year, but on Monday, Microsoft announced the expansion of the Sway preview, plus feature improvements for all to enjoy.
One of the more exciting products announced this year was from Skype, and it was around their Skype Translator service. This service, which allows for two users to communicate in foreign languages, also translates on the fly for them. On Monday, it finally was released, albeit in preview mode.
The Xbox One from Microsoft is the leader in sales for next-generation consoles, and its clear that Microsoft has quite a hit on their hands. On Friday, sales numbers were released for November 2014, and they show that the Xbox One beat the Playstation 4, to be the early holiday leader.
On Friday, Microsoft decided to release a ton of updates and news for a number of its global products. But, none of them were more important than the Azure updates for enterprise customers. That, plus updates made to the Lync client for Windows Phone means enterprise and business customers get great support.
One of the most anticipated events for Microsoft in 2015, is clearly Windows 10. Rumors about a consumer event in January were speculated by many, but came to fact on Thursday. On Thursday, Microsoft sent out press invites to a Windows 10 event on January 21, 2015 in Redmond Washington.
Microsoft’s march to the Android platform continues to gain momentum as the company continues to evolve as a mobile app platform. On Thursday, Microsoft released a number of rebranded MSN apps for Android, and the refreshed Windows Phone only apps appeared on the Google Play Store for Android users and iOS users.
Bing’s search capabilities have been known for sometime, and Microsoft realizes that when it’s been building out Bing over the past few years. On Wednesday, Microsoft announced a new product called Insights for Office, and this might change the way Office is used for a lot of people.
One of the more fascinating stories over the past few years has been the rise of Bitcoin. Some may get it, some might be scratching their heads, but tech lovers know its passion. Microsoft finally understands their needs, and on Wednesday integrated Bitcoin into payments for their Microsoft services.
One of the most anticipated features of the Xbox One has been the addition of Twitch, which allows broadcasting of games across the Internet. On Tuesday, Microsoft updated the Twitch app and services, making Twitch even more useful, which will help during the holiday season.
One of the more interesting products developed by Microsoft in the past year is the Office Lens product. It’s more of an experiment for many, but its tight integration with OneNote has been widely applauded as something useful. Tuesday brought updates with it and business cards.
Bing is gaining in its usage across the United States, and as the holiday season approaches quickly, the usefulness of Bing is becoming more apparent. On Monday, recent updates to Bing will highlight local business information, directions, and phone numbers for easier access.
Microsoft in a wierd way of doing it, has become a major Android player in the mobile workplace of today. It’s cross platform appraoch to developing has it with numerous Android apps in the market. Monday marked updates to some of them, including a lock screen app and a voice search app, plus OneDrive.
Lync and Skype recently got a lot of interest in the past few weeks, as Lync was noted to get the transition to Skype For Business. But, news on Friday, adds video calling between the two apps, plus a new version of Skype for Windows marked as version for 7.0, pleases many users.
One of the most eagerly wanted and used features of Windows Phone 8.1, has easily been Cortana. Cortana, the personalized personal assistant has gotten rave reviews from users. But, on Friday, peeks of it in Windows 10 plus expansion around the globe means Cortana has gotten big time appreciation and support.
Microsoft made a key investment in Barnes and Noble in 2012, and the partnership between the two companies was to build an electronic book storefront and get the Nook going further. Two years later, that investment that investment was bought back and is now a thing of the past.
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