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Windows 10 Search, Productivity Apps: Microsoft Review

Microsoft debuted Band updates, predicted the future of productivity, and broadened support for Docker in Azure, among other announcements.

6 Microsoft Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
6 Microsoft Acquisitions: What Do They Mean?
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After Microsoft predicted almost all of this year's Oscar winners, reports surfaced that it might be updating the search functionality throughout Windows 10, including Cortana. Current search capabilities include a pop-up window that covers most of the desktop screen.

In the latest Windows 10 build, the search function will reportedly be moved inside the Start menu, according to Neowin. The change, which could also be part of Cortana, would make the Start menu the functional search hub for Windows 10.

Microsoft announced a major update to Microsoft Band, the first since the device's launch, on Feb. 23. New messaging features include an onscreen predictive keyboard, which uses Wordflow, to respond to messages. In "quick read" mode, messages appear one at a time in large font, speed-reading style, reports CNET.

Active Band wearers will be happy to know that additional features include a dedicated cycling tile that records calorie burn, distance, duration, splits, and GPS tracking for cycling workouts done indoors or outdoors. Its new Health dashboard contains more charts and insights on sleep and exercise data.

[Now you can have your coffee and eat the cup.]

In other wearable news, Microsoft released a new developer preview SDK that will enable app developers to begin experimenting with the creation of new Band apps. We can expect to learn more about that SDK in the next month.

On Feb. 24, Microsoft added a new API to OneDrive that will help developers integrate their apps with the cloud-based storage system. The new API supports apps across Windows, Android, and iOS. Developers can access new changes to files and folders, resume uploads up to 10GB, and upload files from public URLs, as written by ProgrammableWeb.

Cortana got a boost on Feb. 25, when we learned that she would support fitness trackers like Microsoft Band, likely an effort to increase the company's focus on health technology, says WinBeta. The digital assistant also became a film buff and now has the capabilities to find show times and trailers for users. She will also be able to "Pick the Winners," and, while details were not announced, speculation says it will involve the Bing prediction tool.

The same day, Gigaom posted a report claiming that Microsoft may be developing Windows Phone support for the Pebble Time smartwatch, a Kickstarter record-holder that generated $1 million in 30 minutes. It looks like Microsoft is testing right now, but no doubt the tech community will be keeping its eye out. 

Microsoft's Garage innovation incubator unveiled a slew of new productivity apps, the product of the work of more than 10,000 Microsoft professionals. Garage was founded in 2009 to spur innovation at Microsoft and connect employees across geographies.

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(Image: Microsoft)

The most recent wave of apps from the Garage caters to enhanced productivity for users. Features include the ability to hop on conference calls with a single command, check projects in Video Studio Online via mobile phone, track the whereabouts and availability of family and friends, and access an Excel-optimized keyboard. All apps are free and ready to download.

Towards the end of the week, Microsoft shared its latest concept video envisioning the future of technology. Highlights include multiple uses of earpieces, massive transparent touchscreens, new use-cases of holographic technology, bendable displays, and what appears to be "smart" jewelry.

In cloud-related news, Microsoft and Docker released beta versions of two Docker orchestration tools on Azure and Hyper-V, reports ZDNet. Docker Machine is available on Hyper-V, and both Docker Machine and Docker Swarm are available in Azure.

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mejiac
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3/31/2015 | 3:14:41 PM
Re: Its great to see MSFT involved in So many Interesting Areas today.
@Ashu001,

Thank you for your comment, and a very good assestment of the current state of things. And I do agree that Microsoft is definitly heading into the right direction. With the unveiling of what Microsoft is targetting with Windows 10, it sounds like they're on the right path.

I think, like you mentioned before, thinks will be blurred out and integrated, with TVs definitly becoming a player when it comes to communications for Consumers, in the sense that the same way we can tell Siri/Google to make a call and note a reminder, we'll be able to tell our TVs to call grandma :)
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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3/28/2015 | 2:37:47 PM
Re: THe Start Menu
Susan,

Don't worry about the Infrastructure-Its all there.

Its just that because these countries/Towns have more folks Dying than new folks entering they are getting abandoned as the years passby;Check this out to get a better idea of what's happening-www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2865345/Scarecrows-outnumber-people-dying-Japan-town.html

If you study ageing trends Globally You would never say that the world(as a whole) is over-populated.Especially since sometime around 2020-2022 or so China's population is going to start shrinking rapidly.

The Whole Global Picture will change rapidly then.

 

 

 
Ashu001
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3/28/2015 | 2:28:51 PM
Re: Its great to see MSFT involved in So many Interesting Areas today.
meijac,

I am sure you must have noticed three complementary trends at work today-

1)Consumers are getting more and more comfortable with Larger Screen Phablets.

2)Consumers are using Laptops/PCs less and less on a daily basis.

3)Consumers are not calling/SMSing as many people as they previously used to.

Eventually one is going to see a Blurring of the line between Phablets and Laptops and when the end-game really comes a Good Phablet which just does everything that most Consumers need in trouble-free fashion will Win marketshare bigtime.

MSFT seems to be getting this game much better(If you would have noticed they are also tying up with Google as well as CyanogenMod OSes).

So basically they are trying to stay in the Game in any which way they can.

Its a Good Strategy the way I look at it.

 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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3/23/2015 | 1:16:21 PM
Re: Its great to see MSFT involved in So many Interesting Areas today.
@Ashu001,

I think that the latest build of Windows 10 TP is a good indicator of what the trend in....blurring the line of what was considered a smartphone and what is considered a desktop and making them more integrated.

Enabling Cortana on a Windows Desktop I think is brilliant, since it'll start making people use there PCs the same way the would user there smarphones (granted with a different interphase).
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3/23/2015 | 12:59:44 PM
Re: THe Start Menu
Ashish, 

"The Best example of that is Japan-Vast,vast sections of the countryside have absolutely NOBODY living there."

I imagine that if there is nothing in the countryside that you mention I can't see how anyone would like to live there in the middle of nowhere where there is probably no technology or anything. If technology and modern infrastructure don't settle in those parts of the world there is little to no chance that someone would like to settle there. I think the world is overpopulated anyway. Resources are not enough and will be less with time. 

-Susan
Ashu001
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3/23/2015 | 12:18:47 PM
Re: THe Start Menu
Shakeeb,

I don't think so.

For the vast majority of Countries on the planet today(with some notable exceptions in Asia and Africa);Overpopulation is not a serious issue today.

All one needs to do is look at the Population Density of the Globe to realize we live on a vast-vast Planet.

Also,I have seen some very interesting trends in many Countries in Europe and North America(Rapidly Ageing and vast depleting populations).

The Best example of that is Japan-Vast,vast sections of the countryside have absolutely NOBODY living there.

As a consequence,Nature is reclaiming those parts very-very quickly.

Its the same even in most other parts of Asia which are highly educated and Affluent.

If I had to place some bets on what the World's Population will look like in 2030 ,I would say it would be very-very close to where we are today(+/- 5%).
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3/23/2015 | 12:13:26 PM
Re: Its great to see MSFT involved in So many Interesting Areas today.
Meijac,

Compared to us Gen Xers ;the newest Generation of Internet /Software consumers do things very-very differently.

We can't even imagine the kind of stuff they will do with these niche products today!

The Sky is the limit as the saying goes.

 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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3/2/2015 | 12:27:29 PM
Re: On the right path
@Kelly22,

I think Microsoft is definitly on the mark. They are arguably the main OS provider at the entreprise level. By providing value added solutions to task that lead to saving time, it's a huge welcome for almost all companies, not to mention a way to increase both productivity and collaboration.
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Kelly22,
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3/2/2015 | 9:39:44 AM
Re: On the right path
@mejiac thanks, it seems like Microsoft is gaining more progress every week! Very interesting to stay on top of it. I'm also happy to learn (as I'm sure many in the enterprise are) that simplifying conference calls has become a focus. 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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2/28/2015 | 11:56:20 PM
Re: Its great to see MSFT involved in So many Interesting Areas today.
@Shakeeb Agreed. What do you consider is the right strategy for microsof to keep growing and expanding? I think they're in the right track... Thoughts?
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