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Day: November 2, 2018

  • Back in July, Microsoft announced that it will discontinue Skype classic app from September 1, 2018. Microsoft’s plan was to roll out an updated version of Skype (version 8.0) for desktop that will replace Skype version 7.0 (Skype classic). Based on the customer feedback, Microsoft later announced that it will support Skype classic app beyond Sep 1st. Since then, Microsoft was working on several improvements for Skype 8 based on the complaints from users. Today, Microsoft announced that it is rolling out Skype version 8 to more number of users along with following improvements: MSPowerUser
  • Mainstream Office 365 users will get the ability to embed 3D animations in Word and PowerPoint starting next month. Also starting next month, PowerPoint users will get the ability to convert their digital pen ink into text on a slide, plus the ability to select everything in a complex image in a slide and convert it to text or shapes all at once. PowerPoint users also are getting, as of this month, curated slide recommendations in PowerPoint via the Designer feature. Microsoft touts PowerPoint Designer as using AI and natural-language processing to handle the conversion of text into the curated slides. Microsoft is adding new gestures in Ink Editor for editing documents with a digital pen in tablet mode. Among these new gestures are the ability to insert new lines, add missing words and delete and highlight content. ZDNet
  • Apple Inc. will stop reporting unit sales of iPhones, iPads, and Macs beginning in fiscal 2019, Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said on a conference call with analysts. Apple’s shares extended a slump in late trading after the comments, falling as much as 7.4 percent. Apple has long reported unit sales and revenue numbers for its major devices, such as the signature iPhone. Maestri said a 90-day snapshot of how many units are sold isn’t an accurate picture of Apple’s business. IPhone unit sales barely grew to 46.9 million phones in the fiscal fourth quarter from a year earlier, even though new models were introduced in the period, the company reported earlier Thursday. The number fell short of analysts’ estimates and was a disappointment, considering there were no big iPhone launches in the same quarter last year. Bloomburg This could be a way of Apple covering up their unit sales being down they are going up with prices to compensate for down revenue.
  • Spotify is now testing an official Apple Watch app. Beta testers of the Spotify iOS app have started gaining access to the app, and the first version appears to be limited to just controlling playback for now. It’s not clear if Spotify plans to add the much-needed offline support so Premium subscribers can sync songs to an Apple Watch and use it without an iPhone nearby. Still, a Spotify Apple Watch app is long overdue. Spotify has been working closely with the developer of the unofficial Snowy app that brought offline Spotify playback to the Apple Watch. Snowy developer Andrew Chang revealed last year that Spotify had hired him to create a companion app using the company’s iOS SDK. This is now the first sign of that app emerging. The Verge They are getting on watch when companies like Pandora pulled their app.