A few days ago, Microsoft started rolling out a minor update to its Office apps suite for Android devices, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Users of these apps can now use SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) images in their documents and presentations. This new build is similar to the one that was released two weeks ago for Office Insider Program members and includes all of the latest changes from it.
With the recent release of Cortana for Android 2.0, Microsoft has introduced a big redesign for its assistant on Google's mobile OS. It's now following some of the Material Design guidelines and looks more 'flat' while still offering the same rich set of features to users. And now there's a hint on what to expect from future updates in the app itself: if you tap the Cortana logo, there's a new screen which says clearly — "Coming soon: Personalize your Cortana".
Google is about to roll out a new technique known as "File-by-File patching", which can reduce the size of app updates from 65% by up to 90%. This will save the user's bandwidth, which is extremely good news for limited data plan users and for lower speed broadband connections as well.
Microsoft has recently rolled out a new Office Mobile build for Insiders on Android, introducing some new features for the users of Office Mobile apps. The said build had version 16.0.7531.1011 and was tested by Insiders for more than two weeks. But a couple of days ago, Microsoft pushed a new Office for Android update for non-Insiders, bringing all of the new features to regular users. The new update has version 16.0.7531.1002 and introduces features like Maps in Excel, Box cloud service integration and more.
A few weeks after the latest update, Cortana for Android is now picking up another feature: if you let it access your Outlook Calendar, the personal assistant will now remind you of your friends' birthdays. This feature is part of the new 1.9.12 update that was recently rolled out for Android users.
These days, our digital life has shifted from the traditional desktop PC to mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets. Many people just do not need the classic PC because all they do is some web browsing, gaming and social networks. While Windows dominates in the desktop OS market, Android is the leader in mobile devices. I would like to share with you the best Android apps I use which I consider essential.
As you know, Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana is available on several platforms, such as Android, iOS and company's own Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Its functionality was on par on every platform for some time, but that doesn't mean there's no way to improve it. Yesterday Microsoft released another update for the Android version, bringing some performance improvements, tweaks to the app's UI and some more minor but welcomed changes.
Foobar2000 is a very popular desktop music player for Windows with a wide range of options, customizable user interface, support for many music formats and tons of plugins. A few days ago, a foobar2000 app became available for Android.
Due to its long history, Windows has got thousands of desktop apps. Its software ecosystem is the biggest in the world. What if you wanted to run them natively on Android devices like large tablets? This will become a reality very soon.
Developers of the very popular Adblock Plus extension for mainstream web browsers (Firefox, Chrome etc) today annouced their own browser for Android called "Adblock Browser". It is in the Beta stage at the moment of this writing. The main feature of the browser is that it blocks ads out-of-the-box. Once you install it, you need to install absolutely nothing else to get rid of ads on sites you visit.