Day: August 1, 2017

  • To all the Gboard fans out there: we’re adding some clutch additions to your favorite keyboard companion. Now with a tap of the G button, you’ll have access to both Maps and YouTube, making it easier than ever to share location and video content in any messaging app. Whether you’re coordinating a rendezvous point at the park or dinner plans at a nearby restaurant, meeting up with friends and family has never been easier. Just tap the G button then “Maps” to share your current location or a local address. Google Very cool feature I think definitely something I am looking forward to using soon. I am Gboard over Swiftkey it’s just a personal preference decision.
  • Microsoft first released its Windows Phone keyboard for the iPhone more than a year ago, with a unique one-handed mode. Microsoft is now removing it from the App Store and encouraging users to download SwiftKey instead, according to a support note spotted by Windows Central. “The Word Flow experiment is now complete,” reads the note. Microsoft has tested out a number of iOS keyboards, and it now appears the company is focusing solely on SwiftKey after acquiring the app last year. We haven’t seen any major additions to SwitftKey since Microsoft acquired it, apart from a separate Swiftmoji emoji predictor in July last year. Microsoft’s SwiftKey keyboard now competes against the likes of Google’s Gboard keyboard and various other iOS and Android keyboards. The Verge I think this keyboard was just bad design. Apple added third party keyboard for swipe which Swiftkey and Gboard really have the market. I feel this was a good decision by Microsoft not wasting more money on a product no one is using.
  • Earlier this year, Google was rumored to be working on a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser. The new ad blocker inside Chrome won’t block every ad you see on the web — instead, it’ll only block ads that are considered intrusive and go against the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads. Google has started testing the new built-in ad blocker for Chrome today on the desktop and Android devices. The latest canary release for Google Chrome includes a new option under Chrome’s Settings where you can enable the new ad blocker inside Chrome. Users can enable the new feature by going to the Content options inside Chrome’s settings page (chrome://settings/content/ads). mspoweruser I have a feeling that ad blockers are going be standard in all web browsers in a few years just like how popup blockers are now standard in browsers.
  • The app launcher in the Google Bar makes it easy for users to quickly access Google apps like Drive, Gmail, and Calendar. Savvy users can even customize the launcher to place the apps they use most at the top and they apps they visit less often at the bottom. We want to make the app launcher more convenient for new users and those who don’t take the time to customize it. To do this, we’re introducing a new default order for apps in the launcher, which will more prominently feature commonly used apps like Gmail, Drive, and Docs. This new order will appear on Tuesday, August 1st. Google From what I can tell it looks like Google is putting the most used and popular apps in the default area to improve and encourage usage.
  • Microsoft announced Fitbit skills for Microsoft Cortana. Microsoft may have dropped support for the Microsoft band but they are still getting into the fitness world with the addition of Fitbit for Cortana. Gurpreet Singh Pall / Partner Director of Program Management, Bing and Cortana Ecosystem writes “Tracking your fitness goals just got easier with the Fitbit skill for Cortana.” Adding “With this new skill for Cortana, from our partners at Fitbit, it is now easier than ever to monitor your health and fitness goals – just by asking Cortana.” In May Microsoft released the Cortana Skills Kit for developers to allow for better and easier integration with the Cortana AI. Users can now access Fitbit data through Cortana on any Windows 10 device or Cortana on iOS and Android. This is a huge chance for Microsoft to persuade users to use Cortana since Fitbit has said it has over 50 Million registered users. Microsoft has been trying to be completive in the AI marketplace adding Cortana to smart speakers and trying to break into the fitness consumer space which they have had little to no success with over the past few years. The setup looks easy you connect your Microsoft account to your Fitbit account. Microsoft release a few commands for everyone to try “Hey Cortana, ask Fitbit how much water I’ve had today” “Hey Cortana, ask Fitbit how many calories do I have left to eat” “Hey Cortana, ask Fitbit how many steps do I have left” “Hey Cortana, ask Fitbit how many workouts I need to do this week” “Hey Cortana, Ask Fitbit how am I doing today” To get started with Fitbit and Cortana just say “Hey Cortana, Open Fitbit,” it’s that easy to get started.
  • August 1, 2017

    July Updates For Office 365

    Microsoft released their monthly list of Office 365 improvements Kirk Koenigsbauer writes “This month, we hosted more than 17,000 attendees at Microsoft Inspire, our annual conference for partners, where we announced Microsoft 365 and debuted three new business apps to help companies of all sizes empower their employees and unlock growth and innovation. We also introduced new features to help Office 365 subscribers create and connect more effectively. Read on for the details.” Microsoft 365 – Bringing together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium – Office 365 Business Premium got 3 new apps Microsoft Connections, Microsoft Listings, and Microsoft Invoicing. Microsoft is adding more CSM software to compete against Salesforce and other competitors. PowerPoint Update – PowerPoint Designer got a new feature that lets you turn text into timelines in PowerPoint. Support for 3D – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all have 3D support added you can now add and edit 3D objects. Read Aloud in Word – Microsoft continues their mission to better support education by moving Read Aloud to the Review tab. Read Aloud is the latest addition to the Learning Tools offered by Office 365. Office 365 commercial customers got to extra added features Outlook Update – Outlook on the web and Windows desktop now offer improved contact suggestions and profile pictures when composing an email. Plus a redesigned conversation view in Outlook for iOS. StaffHub Update – StaffHub got a redesign to better support industries like manufacturing, retail, and healthcare.