Microsoft Details New Features Of Outlook On The Web

Microsoft has detailed updates coming to the web version of Outlook in Office 365 with an improved UI, new productivity features and a different name – Outlook on the web.

The latest version of Outlook on the web will roll out to Office 365 subscribers whose plan includes Exchange Online and have signed up for Microsoft’s First Release program.

The biggest change Microsoft has made is the addition of an Action bar available across Mail, Calendar, People and Task experiences in Outlook on the web.

Outlook Action Bar

More subtle tweaks include making email subject lines larger and more prominent, and messages in the reading pane indented. The buttons in Calendar are more prominent making it easier to use.

Inbox

Pin—You can now pin any message in your inbox to have it highlighted in yellow and kept at the top of your inbox.

Outlook Pin Mail

Sweep—Sweep provides actions for managing recurring messages like newsletters, digital coupons, and other email received on a regular basis.

Archive—One-click archiving allows you to quickly move messages out of the inbox to a folder of your choice.

Undo—We included a dedicated Undo button so you can quickly undo unintended actions with a single click.

Improved single line view—If you prefer the single line message view, Outlook on the web now includes a preview of the message contents in-line with the subject.

Outlook Single Line View

Immersive reading pane—When in single line view, clicking a message now displays the message in the same window.

Images

Outlook on the web now provides the ability to easily resize images, add custom borders, apply shadow effects, rotate images and more.

Calendar

Calendar in Outlook now provides a five-day weather forecast with icons next to each day that give a quick look at what to expect. Further, calendar now supports Charms – visual cues that help identify specific types of events more easily, such as an airplane charm, or a fork and knife charm.

Outlook Calendar

Users can create email reminders for any Calendar event by specifying the recipient list, including a quick message, and setting the day and time you want the email reminder to be sent. Further, birthday and holiday calendars can now be viewed separately from a user’s work calendar.

Microsoft has also updated the mobile browser experience of Outlook on the web with the UI closely resembling the Windows Phone, Android and iOS Outlook Apps.

  • Improved navigation for switching between Mail, Calendar and People.
  • More prominent search command.
  • Ability to switch between emails without returning to the message list.
  • Time strip updated to show the full week within the calendar.
  • Improved UI for creating new events and using the scheduling assistant in Calendar.

Xiaomi To Launch MiUi 7 On August 13 [Update]

Xiaomi has apparently teased what is possibly the launch of its MiUi 7 OS on August 13 according to a post by Nanana on the company’s official forum.

MiUi7

The image posted shows the number ‘7’ followed by ‘8.13’ possibly teasing the launch of Xiaomi’s MiUi 7 software which was earlier rumoured to launch this month.

Currently, no further details about xiaomi’s MiUi 7 OS are available, but it is possible that the company will launch the software a new device – possibly the Redmi Note 2?

Other theories have suggested that MiUi 7 might be launched as soon as today, however, as it is with these things, you can’t be absolutely sure.

 

Update: Nanana seems to have more information on the launch. The event will apparently take place at the China National Convention Center.

User Ailsaz has now posted images of the invitation letter. You can check them out here.

This rumour seems to be getting wings. Let’s wait for the official confirmation just to be sure though.

Guide To Upgrading/Clean Installing Windows 10 On Your PC

Windows 10 so far seems to be a smash hit among users, with Microsoft reporting that the software was installed on over 14 million devices within the first 24 hours.

WIndows 10 Start Menu

The software is a huge improvement over Windows 8, especially on a non-touch device. Even otherwise, Windows 10 is beautiful to look at, its functionality is fluid and it performs really well.

However, as it is with all new software, there are a few kinks around the edges that anyone upgrading to Windows 10 right now should be aware of.

Activation

Microsoft has an invite system to let users upgrade to Windows 10. A few users haven’t yet got the invite (I hadn’t got it till the time I upgraded) but you can use the ‘media creation tool’ to forcefully get your PC onto Windows 10 anyway.

While you don’t have to wait for the update to reach you to install Windows 10, it’s advisable to do so since a few users are facing activation issues. Microsoft collects system information at the time of the update allowing it to register it and activate your copy of Windows 10 forever.

However, with the forced install, some users are facing issues of activation, especially if you create an install media to load Windows 10 onto another computer. The good news is that most people are reporting that the activation issue solves itself after a few minutes.

Product Key

When doing a fresh install of Windows 10 on a PC via a bootable flash drive or DVD you’re prompted to enter a product key. However, this isn’t the same key that came with your Windows 7 or Windows 8 copy, but a new key that will have been applied to your device once you updated.

In order to check if your copy of Windows 10 is activated you can head to Start Menu > Settings > Update and security> Activation. If your device says it’s activated, great, if not then you’re going to have to figure something else out.

Top tip: let the Windows 10 update install in order to let Microsoft register your device once it’s installed. Then use ProduKey to find out your Windows 10 product key which you can note down and use when you Install Windows 10 from scratch.

Creating Install Media

The Microsoft media creation tool has an option to create a bootable flash drive or ISO for installation of Windows on another computer. Once you have a bootable installer, you can use it to wipe your PC and install a fresh copy of Windows 10.

While creating the install file, you need to specify the version (either 32-bit or 64-bit) and language. Make sure you select the version to be the same as your previous version of Windows. Installing from a flash drive is faster but the smallest USB stick you’ll be able to use is 4GB.

VW Is Launching Cars With Both Android Auto and CarPlay Integration

Volkswagen has announced that cars compatible Apple’s CarPlay as well as Google’s Android Auto in-car infotainment software will reach showrooms this week.

Android Auto VW

Part of the company’s new Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II), its cars will be able to seamlessly integrate with smartphones through CarPlay and Android Auto.

The two rival platforms from Apple and Google have emerged as sophisticated alternatives to carmakers’ often dull in-car infotainment systems.

Android Auto and CarPlay extend a smartphone’s functionality within a car, making it safe for drivers to use in-car navigation and other tools safely via voice commands, etc.

By offering both Apple and Google platform integration, Volkswagen hopes to offer customers benefits of connectivity regardless of the smartphone they use.

Both platforms offer integration with third-party apps specifically built for in-car use while also offering native services such as Maps, calling and messaging.

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 As A Free Upgrade Worldwide

It was back in September last year that Microsoft surprised everyone by revealing the name of its upcoming OS – Windows 10. Now, after months of iterating and building out features with the help of Windows Insiders, the company has finally launched Windows 10 to the general public.

Windows 10 will be available as an update to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for free across 190 countries starting today. Starting today, you’ll also be able to buy devices from OEMs such as Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer that come pre-loaded with the latest Windows software.

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WIndows 10 Start Menu

With Windows 10, Microsoft is bringing back the focus on non-touch devices. The company has brought back the Start menu, Taskbar and Desktop making it easier to use devices with a keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

Security

Windows 10 Hello

Not only has Microsoft upgraded its infamous Defender, it has also debuted Windows Hello which provides passwordless entry into a device by making use of facial recognition tech or even a fingerprint if the required hardware is available.

Accessibility

Windows 10 Cortana

Microsoft has enabled voice, pen and gesture input so that users can make use of the full potential of their hybrid and touch devices. Further, the company has launched Cortana, its digital assistant on the desktop, allowing users to find the right information at the right time.

Continuum is the other big addition to Windows 10, which allows for apps to be optimized perfectly for use in both touch and desktop modes. This is the singular feature that ties in Microsoft’s vision of hybrid devices that are built for productivity and portability.

Browser

Windows 10 Edge

With Windows 10, Microsoft has finally replaced Internet Explorer has has launched its new browser called Edge. The browser supports a reading mode, and even allows users to draw on web pages themselves in order to share or save for later.

Gaming

Apart from making the Xbox app available on the PC which offers an Xbox like experience, Windows 10 also bring DirectX 12 which can provide much better performance in scenarios where developers had been bound by a CPUs performance before.

Runs on Everything

Windows 10 isn’t just a desktop OS. By building on much the same platform for phones, tablets and PCs, app developers will be able to take advantage of building one app that runs perfectly on all types of devices. Further, IoT versions of Windows 10 and even wearables such as Holo Lens will be powered by Windows 10.

The Windows 10 update is now rolling out to PCs with genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed on them. For business customer, Windows 10 will begin rolling out from August 1, and for enterprise and education clients, the Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education updates are out.

Now Say “OK Google” To Send A Message Via WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber

Google launched custom voice actions on Android back in April that would allow users to control third-party applications by saying “Ok Google” followed by a command.

Google Now WhatsApp

This Google Now functionality made it immensely easy to use SMS and and Hangouts on an Android device, since a user could control and dictate a message with only their voice.

Now, Google has announced that it has expanded the functionality to messaging apps WhatsApp, WeChat, NextPlus, Telegram, and Viber.

Motorola included support for a few third party apps with Moto Voice back with last year’s Moto X and this works similarly and on pretty much every Android device.

It’s as simple as saying “Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message to John” followed by the actual message you want to send.

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Motorola Launches Its Flagship Moto X Style and Mid-Range Moto X Play

Just hours after unveiling the Moto G (3rd Gen) in India, Motorola launched two more devices – it’s new flagship Moto X Style and the Moto X Play.

Moto X Style

Moto X Style

The new Moto X Style doesn’t deviate from the previous generation flagship mantra, where it isn’t just about specs, but more about usability. You won’t find the latest Snapdragon 810 processor chugging away inside, but will get pretty close with the 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808.

That processor is coupled to 3GB of RAM while the device is available in 16/32/64GB variants, which unfortunately is just half of what you get on the iPhone 6 and S6, but the Moto X Style does have a microSD card slot that can support cards of up to 128GB.

There’s a larger 5.7-inch QuadHD (2560x1440p) display which makes the Moto X Style more Samsung Galaxy Note than Galaxy S6 competitor. Motorola is claiming it has taken a big step forward in the imaging department by employing a 21MP camera on the device.

Imaging is handle by a 21MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detect autofocus and a dual tone flash. Users can shoot video in up to 4K resolution with the maximum frame rate being 120fps at 1080p resolution. There’s also a 5MP front-facing selfie cam.

The Moto X Style runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and should be the first in line to receive the Android M update once it’s out. Apart from this, there’s a 3,000mAh battery that features Turbo Charging where the device can last for 10 hours on just 15min of charge.

As always, users will have multiple options of customizing the Moto X Style such as opting for a leather or wood back and picking the metal accent colours etc. Prices for the Moto X Style start at $399 and will be available in Europe, Latin America and North America starting in September. The company says it will announce its plans for India later in the year.

Moto X Play
Moto X Play

The Moto X Play is the third smartphone Motorola has announced just now and despite carrying the Moto X name, isn’t exactly a flagship product. This of it like the Xiaomi Mi4i, not exactly a flagship, but nonetheless packs some great specs at a great price.

The Moto X Play is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 615 processor coupled to 2GB of RAM. There are two options for internal storage – 16GB and 32GB – while users will have the option to expand that via a microSD card (up to 128GB).

The device features a smaller 5.5-inch FullHD (1920x1080p) display making it slightly smaller than its larger cousin. In terms of imaging, Motorola has crammed a 21MP camera at the rear but seems to lack 4K video recording. Up front there’s a 5MP selfie shooter.

Like all of Motorola’s new devices, the Moto X Play runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. The device is powered by a massive 3630mAh battery that the company says is good for 48 hours of use.

Initially the device will be launched in Europe, Latin America, and Canada sometime in August for $299. Motorola hasn’t shared any details about the device’s launch in India.