Microsoft has been releasing its Surface (and Surface Pro) tablet for a few years now, with plenty of changes and improvements delivered along the way.
Earlier in February, Microsoft rolled out support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar in Office 2016, but only for those in the Insider Program.
When Apple unveiled its 2016 MacBook Pro lineup late last year, it demoed Microsoft’s Office suite of applications taking advantage of the Touch Bar on the laptops. Now, a few months later since the stage demo, Microsoft has released updated versions of Word, Excel, Outlook, Skype, and PowerPoint to members of its Office Insider program with support for the Touch Bar.
Over the years, Apple has led in the “premium devices” category, because Apple has predominantly sold devices only in this category — with even the 11-inch MacBook Air landing in the “$900 or more” range.
Microsoft has been struggling with its smartphone division since a long time. The company purchased Nokia to bolster its smartphone and Windows Phone division, but that eventually led the company to suffer heavy losses. However, despite being missing from the smartphone market for over a year now, it looks like the Redmond company has not given up on its smartphones ambitions.
Microsoft has its own developer environment called Visual Studio — one that’s been absent from Macs.
Steve Ballmer, the ex-CEO of Microsoft, has admitted in an interview with Bloomberg that he was wrong about the original iPhone. Ballmer had back then said that the iPhone was too expensive to sell in formidable numbers and that while Apple might make money from it, its market share will be too small.
Microsoft today made a few different announcements, many of which focused on Windows 10, but the company also unveiled a brand new product.
Microsoft today announced its 2016 edition of the Surface Book. The laptop-tablet hybrid has been redesigned internally from the ground up to better thermal performance, up to 2x better graphics performance, and better battery life. From the outside, though, the Surface Book looks exactly like its 2015 edition.