Microsoft Word For Android Crosses 1 Billion Installs

Microsoft Word For Android Crosses 1 Billion Installs


Microsoft Word is one of the world’s most popular productivity apps so it’s no surprise that the app has proven to be a hit on Google’s mobile OS as well. Latest Google Play Store stats show that the Android version of Microsoft Word has been installed a whopping one billion times. Most of Microsoft’s other Office apps have been doing well too.

Excel, a popular spreadsheet app, has more than 500 installs on Android and the same holds true for OneNote, PowerPoint, and OneDrive as well. Outlook for Android is gradually picking up pace as well as it has amassed more than 100 million installs on Android.

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps Won't Work On Older Android Devices

Microsoft Office Mobile Apps Won't Work On Older Android Devices


Microsoft’s Android port of its Office productivity apps is quite solid. You can get some serious work done on Android devices using these apps. However, if you’re using a fairly old device, you may want to take note, as Microsoft is discontinuing support for Office mobile apps on older Android devices.

Microsoft has updated the system requirements for the Office mobile apps without much fanfare. It’s not surprising to see that this has happened as the move is meant to ensure that users get the best possible experience with the apps. That can often no longer be possible on devices that become outdated.

Microsoft Launches Free-to-play Forza Street For Ios And Android

Microsoft Launches Free-To-Play Forza Street For iOS And Android

Console makers typically create games that are exclusive to their platforms. This is done so that it will entice gamers to choose their platform when trying to decide between consoles. For example, Sony has God of War, Nintendo has The Legend of Zelda, and Microsoft has its Forza racing franchise.

The Forza series has typically been only available on Microsoft’s Xbox platform, but it seems that the company has decided to open it up to more platforms by launching a new title in the Forza series. Dubbed “Forza Street”, this is a free-to-play title that has been announced for iOS and Android devices along with Windows 10.

Microsoft Has No Plans To Launch Xbox Live Sdk On The Nintendo Switch

Microsoft Has No Plans To Launch Xbox Live SDK On The Nintendo Switch

Last week Microsoft brought its Xbox Live service to iOS and Android devices. This meant that developers who wanted to integrate Xbox Live into their iOS and Android games would be able to. There were rumors that this could be the start of something bigger and that it might even make its way onto the Nintendo Switch.

However it seems that will not be the case. According to journalist Russell Holly who attended Microsoft’s presentation at GDC 2019, Microsoft will not be bringing its Xbox Live SDK to the Nintendo Switch. If you’re a bit confused, we get where you’re coming from. Microsoft had recently announced that popular indie game Cuphead, which was previously exclusive to the console, would be coming to the Switch with Xbox Live in tow.

Microsoft Testing Android Screen Mirroring For Windows 10

Microsoft Testing Android Screen Mirroring For Windows 10


Did you ever think it was possible for Android apps to appear on your Windows 10 PC? Microsoft is going to make this happen with its Your Phone app. The company demonstrated this app in October last year. It basically allows an Android phone’s screen to be mirrored to a Windows 10 PC. Microsoft has now started testing this functionality for PCs.

The latest updates for the Your Phone app allows Android users to mirror their phone’s screen directly to a PC. It’s making the “phone screen” feature available to Windows Insiders this week. Those who want to try it out will require the latest test builds of Windows 10 and the Your Phone app.

Microsoft Nudges Windows 10 Mobile Users To Switch To Ios Or Android

Microsoft Nudges Windows 10 Mobile Users To Switch To iOS Or Android


Very rarely you’d see a company tell its users to shift to a competing platform but Microsoft is doing just that. The company gave up on Windows-powered mobile phones quite a while back and is now gearing up to kill the platform. It’s recommending to Windows 10 Mobile users that they should switch to iOS or Android.

A change has been spotted on the Windows 10 Mobile support page on Microsoft’s website. It tells Windows 10 Mobile users that Microsoft will stop sending out “new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options, or technical content updates from Microsoft for free” starting December 10th, 2019.

Microsoft Cortana Gets A Redesigned App For Ios & Android

Microsoft Cortana Gets A Redesigned App For iOS & Android

iOS has Siri and Android has Google Assistant, so Microsoft’s Cortana’s existence on either platform does put it in a somewhat weird position, but it is there nonetheless or those who might prefer using Cortana for whatever reason. Now it looks like Microsoft is working on an update to the software that will give it a redesign.

Microsoft Confirms Sticky Notes Will Soon Be Coming To Ios & Android

Microsoft Confirms Sticky Notes Will Soon Be Coming To iOS & Android

A couple of months ago, a report suggested that one of Windows 10’s features, Sticky Notes, could eventually find its way to mobile. For those who are unfamiliar with the app, it’s basically Microsoft’s version of Notes on macOS and iOS, but the difference is that it acts like virtual sticky notes where you can paste it over your desktop for little reminders and memos.

Microsoft Reveals Changes Coming To Office On Android & Ios

Microsoft Reveals Changes Coming To Office On Android & iOS

If you're someone who uses Microsoft Office on your mobile device a lot, such your smartphone or tablet, you'll be pleased to learn that Microsoft has recently announced some of the changes and new features that will headed to the iOS and Android version of the app some time later this month.

Now the iOS version doesn't seem to be set to receive a ton of updates and that the main changes only seem to be applicable to Outlook. According to Microsoft, Outlook for iOS will get features such as "Events at a glance" which lets users see past and upcoming group events. They will also be able to block external images which prevents senders from knowing whether or not you have opened their emails. This seems more like privacy-focused feature that some might appreciate.

Rumor Claims Microsoft Will Be Selling Its Own Android Phones Soon

Rumor Claims Microsoft Will Be Selling Its Own Android Phones Soon


Microsoft tried to improve its fortunes in the smartphone market with the acquisition of Nokia’s hardware division but that didn’t happen. It left the smartphone market and currently has no plans to make smartphones powered by Windows 10 Mobile. However, a new rumor suggests that the company is preparing a new line of smartphones which will be powered by Android.

This according to a Microsoft Store employee who claims that the company’s engineering team is working on a “new line of phones.” They won’t be branded as Lumia handsets, obviously, and it’s unclear whether the company’s Surface hardware development team is behind these devices.

Microsoft Edge Gets Built-in Ad Blocker On Ios And Android

Microsoft Edge Gets Built-In Ad Blocker On iOS And Android


Microsoft has added a new feature to its Edge browser for iOS and Android that’s going to appeal to those who don’t like seeing a lot of ads when they surf the internet. The company has revealed that it’s building Adblock Plus into its Edge browser which means that this popular ad-blocking extension will now be part and parcel of Edge for iOS and Android.

Microsoft has directly integrated Adblock Plus into Edge and it’s currently testing this integration with the beta version of Edge for Android. It’s also available for iOS users through the iOS test program. Microsoft will release the native ad-blocking experience to all users in the near future.

Latest Microsoft Edge Beta For Android Features Adblock Plus Integration

Latest Microsoft Edge Beta For Android Features AdBlock Plus Integration

While Microsoft Edge is a huge improvement over Internet Explorer in terms of speed and features, unfortunately it still has yet to fully catch on. However Microsoft might be giving users a good reason to make the switch, at least as far as mobile is concerned thanks to an update to the Android beta.

In the latest beta of Microsoft Edge on Android, it seems that Microsoft has included Adblock Plus integration into the browser. What does this mean? As the name already implies, integrating Adblock Plus means that users can expect that ads they come across while browsing the web will be blocked, at least those that haven't been whitelisted.

Brand New 'microsoft News' App Now Available On Ios & Android

Brand New 'Microsoft News' App Now Available On iOS & Android

These days we're starting to see more companies launch news platforms of their own. For example Google launched a revamped version recently, and with macOS Mojave, Apple has also extended its Apple News feature to the desktop. However it looks like Microsoft wants in on the news action as well.

Microsoft has recently announced the launch of a new app called Microsoft News. This is an app that will be available on both iOS and Android, and as the name suggests, this is an app that will deliver news to users. However as Microsoft points out, this isn't a brand new endeavor, but rather they are taking their experience and engine that powers MSN.com and putting it into an app.

Ftc Warns Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo Over Illegal Warranty Stickers

FTC Warns Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo Over Illegal Warranty Stickers

Last month we reported that the FTC had announced that those "warranty if removed" stickers you sometimes find on gadgets are actually illegal. This isn't based on a new ruling or recently passed law, but rather it is based on the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that the FTC is just reminding companies about.

The organization had announced that they have issued warnings to six companies about such practices. The names of those companies were not mentioned but according to a report from Motherboard, they have obtained copies of the letters which reveal that the companies that were warned include Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, ASUS, Hyundai, and HTC.