Microsoft announced this week it has struck deals with a total of 74 Android OEMs to preload the company's mobile applications on devices.
The app store approach has allowed Microsoft to invade iOS and Android. While the company would otherwise be wallowing in mobile irrelevancy, its war chest has allowed it to continually cherry pick some of the most popular productivity apps for acquisition as well as build out its own offerings.
Northbridge Financial, a commercial property and casualty insurance management firm based in Toronto, wanted to update its legacy claims processing system. The company opted to use the Encircle platform, a suite of mobile productivity tools for claims adjusters and policyholders, and to run the platform on BlackBerry's new Android-powered PRIV smartphone.
Trimble unveils its TrimFleet Mobile Connect, an Android-based app that provides auto-status technology throughout the ready mix concrete delivery cycle.
Microsoft announced today its acquisition of mobile keyboard software maker SwiftKey. The move fits Microsoft's relatively new strategy of offering its software for non-Windows devices and adds to the growing list of mobile productivity apps and services that the company offers to iOS and Android users.
Microsoft is supporting a one-handed layout for its Word Flow keyboard on iOS, currently in beta, with a version for Android coming later, reported Brad Sams with Thurrott.com.
A serious bug has been found in the Linux kernel that allows local-to-root escalation, putting tens of millions of PCs, servers and Android devices at risk.
Skype updated Wednesday its Android app with a new scheduling feature and integration with Microsoft Office.
Google has pushed a new app install function for some Android users that cuts out the need to jump to the Play Store.
Microsoft this week updated its iOS and Android Outlook apps with features that integrate Skype.