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All posts tagged "Microsoft"

  • Skype voice translator finally starts rolling-out to Windows users

    On the back of experiencing some down time last week, online communication service Skype now has real-time voice translation for all Windows PC and tablet users. The ground-breaking feature -- which we first saw during a preview last year -- can translate voice languages English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, as well as 50 messaging languages, in real-time. "It has been a long-time dream at Skype to break down language barriers and bring everyone across the globe closer together," Skype writes in the blog announcement, adding that hundreds of thousands of people have already been testing the app since December...

  • Skype ‘working on a fix’ as communication service faces worldwide outage [Update]

    Update: Skype is back up. Just a day after Amazon Web Services issues forced popular internet platforms like Netflix, Product Hunt, Medium, SocialFlow and Buffer to go offline, Microsoft's popular voice and video chat service Skype has gone down as well. Although, Skype Support has tweeted that it's "aware of an issue affecting Skype status", the problem seems to be affecting most of the service's features: We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix: http://t.co/ymSzmrgEX0 pic.twitter.com/8LoqqL0hh7— Skype Support (@SkypeSupport) September 21, 2015 It appears that people from around the world using...

  • Microsoft executive makes first appearance at Apple conference

    On Wednesday, Apple hosted its annual conference showing off everything iOS related. Amongst the yearly hardware refreshes, software updates, and new products, several companies showed off their applications on the devices, one of them being a fierce Apple competitor. During the Apple Pencil segment of the event, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Office 365 Client Apps and Services Team, Kirk Koenigsbauer, took to the stage to show off Office 365 on iPad. Koenigsbauer demonstrated the office suit taking advantage of the Pencil and iPad Pro while running and manipulating PowerPoint and other documents. Microsoft has long had a rivalry with Apple,...

  • Microsoft’s Cortana now available on Android in public beta

    First announced in May this year, Microsoft has finally launched Cortana for Android devices in public beta. Some of the digital assistant's features include searching the web by voice command, setting reminders and alarms, making calls by voice and voice texting. Similar to Apple's Siri and Google Now, Cortana also gets to know the user over time by keeping track of their interests and providing them with relevant content. Read more: Microsoft’s Cortana whips Apple’s Siri in this new Windows Phone ad Microsoft says that since it launched the closed beta, it has made several improvements. Some of these include the ability to...

  • Weekly Round Up #30: Geek Crate, Gamescom, 3D printing and Drone racing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Jacques Coetzee, Andy Walker and Graham Van Der Made geek out about Gamescom, 3D printing, Drone competitions and an actual subscription service for geek merchandise. Ventureburn looks at a new ecommerce company in South Africa called Geek Crate, which sends you a monthly crate of all things geek, from comic books to actual toys. The team debates how the startup will satisfy its picky customers. Getting a car fixed is not a small matter, worse if the car needs to...

  • Microsoft changes Outlook web app name, revamps it with new features

    Microsoft has revamped its Outlook Web App, changing its name and introducing new features. It will now be called Outlook On The Web. In addition to a host of new features to Outlook On The Web Microsoft says it's also rolling out an improved user interface. The UI has been tweaked to now have the email subject line larger, and reading messages has been optimised for easy reading. Amongst the changes is a new action toolbar that provides quick access to clearing out the inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to the calendar. New Tools for Inbox Microsoft...

  • Windows 10 first impressions: what Gearburn thinks of Microsoft’s new baby

    We may be soulless journalists, but that doesn’t mean a software release has no bearing on our lives. As a squad of Windows users (except for one or two in this office), we expect to receive the best user experience constantly. The operating system we use daily doesn’t only affect our productivity, but our sanity.

  • Microsoft introduces Send: an in-and-out email app

    There can never be enough email apps, it seems. Microsoft has introduced Send, an app designed for in and out email. Microsoft says that the app is optimised to enable users to send a short quick note to co-workers. Send, the company says, gives you a simple, quick text message like experience while allowing you to reach all co-workers. Read more: Microsoft’s big ad strategy for Windows 10? Babies The company goes on to point out that one can easily use Outlook for this but then also justifies the existence of Send by saying that the app is better. The Redmond-based giant says...

  • Bing Maps makeover: predictive routing, multiple places, along the route features introduced

    In its biggest update yet, Bing Maps has received a massive redesign. The redesigned Bing Maps comes with a number of features focused on travel planning. The features allow users to search, view and share multiple places at one time. The company claims that the new features have been created based from user feedback. From the feedback, it became clear that users want one experience that brings together the best content in one view. A view that not only shows their last searches but one that fully reflects their plans. They also wanted a map experience that is fast and...

  • New survey reveals how South Africans use mobile devices in the workplace

    More than 95 % of employees in South African companies rely on the use of mobile devices within the office. That's according to the results of recent survey, conducted by Dell in partnership with Microsoft. What is interesting about this number though is that it does not stipulate how many businesses have opted for mobile devices over desktop computers. Even with this, the fact that mobile devices are being used this much says a lot about the distracting effect they have had in businesses. To obtain the data, Dell surveyed IT professionals from companies with more than 250 employees. The...

  • Weekly Round Up #26: E3 Special — bland or totes amazing

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week, Stuart Thomas Andy Walker, Jacques Coetzee and Graham van der Made chat brings you another podcast special, focusing on E3 2015 Throughout the podcast, they dissect what outraged, tickled and annoyed them about this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. The team already live blogged the event, with announcements from Sony, Microsoft, Bethesda and Square Enix. The event took place from 14-18 June. Gearburn, our gadget and gaming site, followed it, analysed all the announcements and got conversations going. It has been an...

  • Accra embraces Microsoft CityNext applications

    On 22 May, Microsoft Ghana, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly and the Global Alliance of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and African Descent signed an agreement to make the city of Accra in Ghana Africa’s first "Centre of Excellence". This will be done through the use of Microsoft’s CityNext applications, making the city healthier, safer and more modern The deal came days before the Fourth World Summit of Mayors and Leaders from Africa and of African Descent which will take place from 1 to 3 June 2015 in Accra. “Our collaboration is an excellent example of how private partnerships can help shape...

  • Sunrise calendar introduces Meet, the fastest way to schedule a one-to-one

    Gone are the days of diaries and scheduling things with a pen. Let's face it, a calendar that sends you a notification when your event is close is better than one that does not. Sunrise, the calendar app acquired by Microsoft in early February, has released a new feature called Meet. Meet is a keyboard for Android and iOS that lets users select available time slots in their Sunrise calendar without leaving the app they are in. After setting an event, users can email the link to someone else. Meet is a fast way to schedule one-to-one meetings. Meet is meant...

  • Weekly Round Up #21: Elon Musk has battery power, &Threads, Autonomous trucks and Microsoft Build

    Welcome to Weekly Roundup, our podcast discussing the tech trends, innovation and news from the last few days. This week on BurnCast, Stuart Thomas, Jacques Coetzee, and Christopher Wilton speak about Microsoft Build, Elon Musk's amazing battery power announcement, &Threads, a new boutique startup, and Autonomous trucks, a safer way to move goods arrival the web. After a keynote address in which Elon Musk sounded like poet with an audience eating out of the palm of his hand, the entire world was speaking about Tesla Energy. Tesla Energy offers possibilities for third world countries but is it affordable. The greater...

  • Dropbox for iOS updates with file comments and more

    A while ago Dropbox and Microsoft formed a partnership to bolster cross-platform integration, and now this relationships is beginning to bear fruit. In a Dropbox iOS update, the company has added new features, including the likes of file commenting and recent tabs. The commenting feature allows users to add comments on files via the Dropbox website. Users can gather feedback or respond to discussions even when on the go. This social media like feature is taken a step further by introducing notifications: “If someone mentions you in a comment or weighs in on a file where you’re already part of the...