After the Indian government banned TikTok, the U.S. government was also considering doing the same due to TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, having close ties with the Chinese government. In a surprise move, Microsoft has now confirmed its interest to purchase TikTok in the United States and a few other markets.
Microsoft has been expanding its app and services offerings for other platforms, including Android, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and Linux as it focuses its shift from platforms to services. The company has announced the rollout of the new Outlook app for Macs. However, it is available to beta testers first.
Microsoft, which aimed at competing with Apple Stores with its own retail stores, has announced that it is shutting down all its retail stores in the US and around the globe. The company said in a press release that it will focus on its online stores and that it has no plans to lay off its retail store employees.
Microsoft has unveiled a new lineup of Surface-branded products. The Redmond-based tech giant unveiled the Surface Book 3, Surface Earbuds, Surface Go 2, and the Surface Headphones 2. All these products are up for pre-order in the US right now and will go on sale in the next few weeks.
Microsoft has announced that it is working on bringing its Defender ATP security solution for Apple’s smartphone operating system as well as for Android. It is already available for Linux, macOS, and Windows 10 operating systems.
Microsoft has released a new Office app for iPhone. After beta testing for a while, the app is now generally available. This time around Microsoft has combined Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a single app.
Microsoft has updated its Office apps—Excel, PowerPoint, and Word—for iOS with a new and simple design. All the apps are now available on the App Store for download on iPhones.
Microsoft is trying to breathe a new life into its web browser by ditching the homegrown browser engine in favor of Chromium. The new Edge browser is now available to download and install on all macOS computers.
Microsoft is finally improving the Outlook app for Mac. The update will be available for Mac beta testers and is expected to come with a redesign alongside performance improvements. Microsoft is implementing the Sync technology used in Android devices to Mac. In other words, Outlook will now sync faster with Google and other services on Mac.
Microsoft is combing its Excel, Word, and PowerPoint mobile apps into one with its new Office app. The app basically combines the functionality of the other three apps and will allow users to view and edit documents and presentations.