As details are made public this morning, it’s official – Microsoft is acquiring LinkedIn. With Microsoft paying $196 per share, all cash, the deal is priced at a whopping $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. According to Microsoft and LinkedIn’s press releases, LinkedIn, “will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence.” (more…)
After launching last August for the Apple Watch, Microsoft has now introduced Outlook to Android Wear and your current smartwatch. With this introduction, Microsoft is really giving you a whole new watch face that has Outlook embedded within, hoping that you will let Outlook control your day. (more…)
Yeah, I know, that was the perfect opportunity to toss out some lame sun setting joke, but I spared you. Instead, just know this – Sunrise, the really, really good calendar app that Microsoft bought back in 2015 before deciding to kill it off in an attempt to sucker you into using its Outlook app (which I understand is a solid app, but do not care because its existence means the death of Sunrise), will fully shutdown on August 31 and completely stop working. (more…)
Ahead of official launch, which isn’t even scheduled yet, users can alpha test the upcoming Minecraft: Realms game, an actual cross-platform multiplayer experience for fans of Minecraft. At launch, Minecraft: Realms will allow players on iOS, Android, PC, and Windows 10 editions of Minecraft (Xbox One) to be in the same world simultaneously, bringing that teamwork spirit that was so popular when Minecraft first launched for PC way back in the day. (more…)
The Outlook app on Android and iOS is finally getting the new app integration that we knew was coming, thanks to Microsoft’s acquisition of Sunrise, the best damn calendar app on the planet that Microsoft is killing. In the next version of Outlook, you’ll be able to connect to Evernote, Facebook, and Wunderlist accounts, making your Outlook calendar a place for managing multiple apps and tasks.
If you used Sunrise at all in the past, this integration will be familiar. If you are new, well, this is the basic idea. With an integration or “Calendar App,” you connect Outlook to other apps, like Evernote, Facebook, and Wunderlist. Once connected, you can see things like Wunderlist or Evernote items with due dates in your calendar, but you can see other to-dos with a simple touch. With Facebook connected, your Facebook events will appear on your calendar, but are also shortcuts to the events in the Facebook app. (more…)
At last year’s Build conference, Microsoft announced four ways for application developers to bring their apps over to Windows 10. They called them the four “Bridges,” which included tools for porting over apps on the web, Win32, iOS, and Android. For whatever reason, since that initial announcement, rumors and other signs from Microsoft have pointed to the Android bridge – codenamed “Astoria” – being killed off in favor of the iOS bridge – codenamed “Islandwood.” Today, Microsoft confirmed that “Astoria” is indeed dead. (more…)
Reportedly set to be announced later this week, Microsoft will acquire SwiftKey, the predictive keyboard powered by AI, for a whopping $250 million. The co-founders of the keyboard app, Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, are set to make upwards of $30 million when the deal finalizes, according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plan. (more…)