When Windows RT and Windows 8 launched last year, several of Microsoft's built-in apps were functional, but lacked elegance and usefulness. With a trio of updates scheduled for this evening, Microsoft is improving the Mail, People, and Calendar apps to appeal to a wider range of users -- and catch up to most of the competition.
(2 months ago)
Microsoft is making a big mistake. Assuming the leaked Office 'Gemini' roadmap is both legitimate and accurate, it appears that neither Outlook RT nor Office for iOS and Android will arrive any time soon. By the time they do, it’s possible nobody will care. Mary Jo Foley—a respected and reliable source of inside information from Redmond—shed some light today on what we can...
(1 month and 12 days ago)
Microsoft is finally releasing an update for its built-in Mail, Calendar and People apps to make them more useful to Windows 8 and Windows RT users.
(2 months ago)
Filed under: Investing Microsoft has made an update available for users of its Windows 8 operating system that is designed to improve the functionality of Microsoft's Mail, Calendar, and People features. According to a Monday blog post from Brandon LeBlanc, a Microsoft communications manager, the new apps are "designed to manage communication seamlessly on Windows PCs and...
(1 month and 27 days ago)
Hotmail users will be getting a new outlook on email before long. Late Monday, Microsoft announced that the preview phase for Outlook.com, the software giant's new and improved Webmail service, is over after being used by more than 60 million people in its six months of existence. Now that's it's ready for prime time, Microsoft plans to migrate current Hotmail users over to...
(3 months and 3 days ago)
Microsoft shared more details about Windows "Blue" today. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this morning, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division revealed that Windows 8.1 (the official name of Windows "Blue") will be available later this year as a free update through the Windows Store. The scope and purpose of...
(9 days ago)
Microsoft has been pushing hard to let people know Outlook is still alive. This might come as a surprise to Gmail users, who long ago abandoned personal folders, desktop apps and maybe even the Blue Screen of Death (say, by switching to a Chromebook Pixel). Yet, even for the Gmail elite, there are still a few reasons to consider using Outlook.com. In fact, some of them might...
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Outlook.com's Calendar is the latest Microsoft service to get modern-style makeover designed to match the visual style of Windows 8. It's a much-needed makeover, and it even includes some features you won't find in the all-too-basic Calendar app that's actually baked into Microsoft operating system. Calendar on Outlook.com has the same flat design and sharp edges found on...
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For years, Microsoft drew flak as being stodgy, risk-averse, and anything but innovative. No longer. You can find things to criticize in its latest high-profile projects - Windows 8, the Surface tablets, and this week's new Outlook.com. But you can't say Microsoft won't roll the dice.
(3 months and 1 day ago)
CloudMagic has gone Metro. The excellent search service, which I've been a fan of since it made its debut in 2010, is now available as a native application for Windows 8's Metro interface. CloudMagic's Windows 8 edition still delivers super-speedy, accurate search results across a host of services, but it is a bit hamstrung by some of Windows 8's own problems. You can...
(2 months and 6 days ago)
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