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How to Pair a DualShock 4 or Xbox Wireless Controller With iPhone and Apple TV

Monday October 21, 2019 10:00 am PDT by
With iOS 13 and tvOS 13, Apple users are now able to connect their favorite console controllers to an iPhone or Apple TV. In this guide, we've provided a quick rundown of how to go about pairing the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller and Xbox Wireless Controller to both iOS and tvOS devices. Previously, MFi controllers were the only solution to playing games on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. With...

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Microsoft's Surface Earbuds vs. AirPods

Wednesday May 20, 2020 1:36 pm PDT by
Back in October, Microsoft decided to get into the wire-free earbuds market with the debut of the Surface Earbuds, designed to compete with Apple's AirPods, Google's Pixel Buds, and Samsung's Galaxy Buds. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We picked up a pair of Microsoft's Surface Earbuds to check out the feature set and see how they measure up to Apple's ‌AirPods‌. ...

Microsoft Family Safety App Preview Available for iOS Users

Monday May 11, 2020 11:53 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced that its Microsoft Family Safety app is available in a preview capacity to iOS users who sign up to use the feature. Microsoft Family Safety includes features like device usage tracking, logging of content viewed, and location sharing, all of which Microsoft says is designed to allow parents to have conversations with children about device usage habits.Find the...

Microsoft to Add Trackpad Support to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Apps on iPad

Friday May 8, 2020 5:35 am PDT by
Microsoft plans to add trackpad and mouse support to its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPad by the fall, according to TechCrunch and The Verge. iPadOS 13.4 introduced trackpad and mouse support on all iPad models released in the past four to five years. Keyboards with trackpads include Apple's Magic Keyboard and Brydge's Pro+ for the iPad Pro and Logitech's Combo for the 10.2-inch iPad...

Forza Street Now Available on iOS

Tuesday May 5, 2020 1:08 pm PDT by
Forza Street, designed by Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios, is now available for download, Microsoft announced today. Designed as a free-to-play mobile version of Microsoft's highly popular Forza franchise, the new Forza Street game can be played on both Android and iOS devices. Microsoft says Forza Street provides quick under-a-minute races aimed at mobile gameplay, with players able to unlock ...

Wunderlist Users Have Until June 30 to Transfer Tasks to Microsoft's To Do App

Tuesday April 28, 2020 9:14 am PDT by
Microsoft today reminded users that Wunderlist will be shut down on May 6, meaning that to-dos will no longer sync. Wunderlist users will still be able to transfer their tasks and lists over to the Microsoft To Do app until June 30. How to migrate from Wunderlist to Microsoft To Do: 1. Download the Microsoft To Do app. 2. Sign in with your Microsoft account. If you don't have one, you...

'Forza Street' Simulation Racing Game Coming to iOS on May 5

Wednesday April 8, 2020 4:02 am PDT by
Developers Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft have announced that simulation racing game Forza Street is coming to iPhone and iPad on May 5. Forza Street is a simplified version of the original Forza racing game series for Xbox and PC that emulates the performance and handling characteristics of real-life production, modified, and racing cars. The mobile version will include a story-driven mode...

Former Apple Engineering Leader Joins Microsoft to Work on HoloLens and Other Hardware

Monday April 6, 2020 4:24 pm PDT by
Rubén Caballero, a hardware engineering executive at Apple who worked with suppliers on modem hardware, has taken on a new role at Microsoft, reports Bloomberg. At Microsoft, Caballero is serving as corporate vice president of engineering and based on his Linkedin profile, he will work on mixed reality hardware such as Microsoft's HoloLens. He is listed as part of Microsoft's Mixed Reality...

Microsoft Cancels In-Person Build Developer Conference and Moves Event Online

Friday March 13, 2020 3:09 am PDT by
Microsoft has announced that the 2020 Build developer conference will not go ahead as an in-person gathering and will take place online this year instead, owing to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tech giant had planned to hold the annual conference in Seattle from May 19 to May 21, but Microsoft has decided to make it an altogether "digital event." A Microsoft...

Microsoft Defender ATP Security Platform Coming to iOS and Android

Thursday February 20, 2020 5:44 am PST by
Microsoft today announced that it plans to bring a version of its Defender ATP security platform to iOS and Android. Defender ATP provides "preventive protection, post-breach detection, and automated investigation and response" for Windows and macOS, but it is unclear what the platform will offer on iOS given it is a sandboxed operating system. Existing "antivirus" apps for the iPhone...

Microsoft Office App Released for iPhone, Combines Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Wednesday February 19, 2020 6:44 am PST by
Following beta testing, Microsoft today released its new Office app for iPhone, bringing together Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a single app. The main benefit of the unified Office app is that it requires only a single download with a much smaller file size, but it does have a few unique features, including camera integration for easily converting photos of documents and tables into Word...

Microsoft's Project xCloud Streaming Game Service Available on iOS Through TestFlight Preview

Wednesday February 12, 2020 11:03 am PST by
Microsoft in September introduced Project xCloud, a service designed to allow gamers to play games on any device, from PCs to consoles to mobile devices. Project xCloud for mobile devices has been available on Android for a few months now, but as of today, Microsoft is expanding it to the iPhone and iPad through a limited TestFlight beta test. The Project xCloud beta test is available in...

Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Apps Redesigned With Simplified Three-Tab Layout on iPhone

Monday February 10, 2020 5:42 am PST by
Microsoft today updated its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPhone with a simplified three-tab layout. The three tabs include Home, New, and Open: Home: Sign in to your Microsoft account and view recent documents, spreadsheets, or presentations New: Create a new document, spreadsheet, or presentation with various templates to choose from Open: Open an existing document,...

Microsoft Outlook App Optimized for Split View on iPad

Tuesday February 4, 2020 6:29 am PST by
Microsoft today updated its Outlook app with full support for Split View on compatible iPad models, allowing users to multitask in a variety of ways, such as having an email and calendar open side by side. Split View also enables users to drag and drop text, photos, and files from one app to another, such as dragging text from Safari into an Outlook email. To drag and drop text, select the...

Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser for Mac Officially Launches

Wednesday January 15, 2020 8:35 am PST by
Microsoft today announced the first stable launch of its Edge browser built on the Google Chromium open source project. Microsoft Edge can be downloaded on both Windows machines and Macs. A beta version of the Microsoft Edge browser has been available for several months ahead of the official, stable launch. Microsoft's aim with the Edge browser is to provide better web compatibility with...

Apple Hiring to Build 'Next Generation of Media Apps for Windows'

Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:22 pm PST by
Apple is looking for software engineers to build "the next generation of media apps for Windows" according to a new Apple job listing shared earlier today by Microsoft-focused site Neowin. In macOS Catalina, Apple eliminated the iTunes app and replaced it with new Music, Podcasts, and TV apps, but similar changes were not made to Apple's iTunes for Windows app. Windows 10 users currently need...

Microsoft Releases 'Play My Emails' Text-to-Speech Feature for Cortana in the iOS Outlook App

Monday November 4, 2019 6:05 am PST by
Alongside a slate of announcements made this morning, Microsoft has launched a new text-to-speech feature for Cortana in the Outlook app for iOS devices. With this feature, called "Play My Emails," the Outlook app uses Cortana's natural language interactions and AI to read out your latest emails. Microsoft is aiming this feature at users who want to catch up on their inboxes while doing...

Microsoft Office Apps for iOS Gain Dark Mode Support

Tuesday October 15, 2019 4:20 am PDT by
Update: As spotted by WCCFTech, Microsoft has now updated all of its Office apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook – to support Dark Mode. Microsoft OneNote received an update on iOS today that brings much-awaited ‌Dark Mode‌ support to the popular note-taking app. OneNote is usually a particularly bright app because of the large white scrollable canvases and pale menus,...

Apple Adds Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Controller to its Online Store

Wednesday October 9, 2019 6:58 am PDT by
Apple has added the Xbox Wireless Controller to Apple.com, although the accessory is currently unavailable to purchase at the time of writing. Apple sells a few different gaming controllers on its website to connect to iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS devices, but as of yet the company has never directly sold Microsoft or Sony's own gaming controllers. Now that players can connect the Xbox Wireless...

Microsoft Aims to Woo Wunderlist Users With Overhauled 'To Do' App

Tuesday September 10, 2019 2:25 am PDT by
Microsoft has unveiled its new-look To Do app. First launched in 2017, the productivity app came along two years after the company acquired Wunderlist, but only now does it resemble a like-for-like replacement offering feature parity with the long-running cloud-based task management service. Announcing To Do v2.0, Microsoft had this to say: When Wunderlist became part of the Microsoft family,...

Microsoft Bringing New Dark Mode to Office Apps for iOS Devices

Wednesday August 28, 2019 9:23 am PDT by
Microsoft today announced plans to bring a new Dark Mode option to its Office apps for iOS devices, expanding on the darker user interface theme that has been available in some of its desktop apps. Starting today, Microsoft is rolling out ‌Dark Mode‌ to Outlook for iOS, Android, and Office.com. In the future, when iOS 13 launches, Microsoft plans to extend the ‌Dark Mode‌ option to additional...