Microsoft has updated its SkyDrive app for iOS. The updated app adds the option to automatically back up photos and videos to SkyDrive and has improved integration with the Office Mobile and OneNote apps.
The new SkyDrive app has been redesigned to fit in with iOS 7 and includes performance improvements and bug fixes. Download the update from the iTunes app store here.
Microsoft has also updated the SkyDrive web client. Users can now see a preview of what their photos will look like before they share on Facebook, and they can choose to upload to existing albums and set permissions before uploading.
Microsoft is currently in the process of changing the name of SkyDrive, in accordance to their settlement with BSkyB over the “Sky” trademark. There are reports they have internally renamed SkyDrive to NewDrive, similar to how they renamed Hotmail to NewMail, before deciding on the final name.
Microsoft has released a preview of its Office Remote app for Windows Phone 8. The app is designed to allow users control Microsoft Office using their Windows Phone while they are doing a presentation.
Users can navigate between slides and view the slide thumbnails, speaker notes, timer and numbers in PowerPoint. They can also tap on hold an area of the slide on the phone to simulate a laser pointer.
The Office Remote app can also be used to swipe between worksheets, use Slicers, PivotTables and Filters and jump to any named object in Excel, and jump to headings and comments, scroll up and down a screen or line at a time and change the zoom level in Word.
Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here and download the setup application from the Microsoft Download Center here.
Facebook has released a beta of its official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8. The app can be used to take photos, apply filters and share them, but it cannot be used to share videos at the moment. Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.
Google has released Waze for Windows Phone 8, a mapping app with community reports of traffic accidents, hazards, police and petrol prices. Download the app from the Windows Phone Store here.
Microsoft has released 3D Builder, an app for Windows 8.1 that can be used to discover 3D models or load custom models, adjust the size and position of an object, place multiple objects into a single scene, and then print them using a 3D printer.
Some of the example models include a train set, cookie cutters and chess pieces. Learn more on the Windows Experience Blog here and download the app from the Windows Store here.
In a step towards a single store for Windows and Windows Phone apps, Microsoft has unified its developer registration. New and renewing developers will now pay a single annual fee of $19 to register as a Windows and Windows Phone developer.
Existing developers registered for both stores will receive a code for a free one-year renewal. Learn more here. Windows developers can also now integrate Facebook login into their Windows and Windows Phone apps. Learn more here.
Recently, Twitter released a Vine app for Windows Phone here and Flipboard released a Windows 8 app here. Facebook is also working on an official Instagram app for Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft has announced a new Cybercrime Center has been created at its Redmond headquarters. It is designed to gather and analyse data to give to local law enforcement agencies so they can tackle cybercrime.
Several large botnets of zombie computers that send spam emails have already been eliminated, as well as child pornography and pirated software. Learn more on the Microsoft Stories website here.
Microsoft and Xamarin have teamed up to bring iOS and Android development to Visual Studio 2013. C# developers can use Portable Class Libraries (PCLs) to share code across devices.
There is special pricing and a 90-day trial available for MSDN subscribers and free training through Xamarin University. Learn more on the Xamarin blog here.
Microsoft has added music video search to Bing with 1.7 million songs from YouTube, Vimeo, MTV, Artist Direct and more. When searching for an artist, their top song is displayed in a grey box along with a list of other top songs.
There are video previews that can be played by hovered over the preview or clicked to view the full-sized video. When searching for an album, a list of all the songs on the album is displayed in the order they appear on the album.
Lists of related albums and artists are also displayed. Learn more on the Bing Search Blog here.
Microsoft has released a video that demos the new features in Xbox One. It shows off using voice commands, switching between a game, live TV and Bing, notifications, a Skype call where the camera automatically adjusts to follow users and keep them in the frame, the activity feed and OneGuide. Learn more on Xbox Wire here.
It has also been revealed that Xbox One will require a 500MB patch to be downloaded and installed before it can be used to play games and access all the apps. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will also get six months of free group video calls through Skype. Learn more on the Skype blog here.
Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7. The update includes most the new features added to Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1, except for video extensions, Enhanced Protected Mode and SPDY support.
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 is now available for download in 95 languages here. and corporations can block the update using the toolkit here.
Microsoft has added real-time co-authoring to Office Web Apps. Previously, users could see who else was working on a document, but had to refresh to view changes. Now, users can see changes as they happen to better collaborate and avoid conflicts.
Users can also work offline and then sync their changes when they come online again. Word Web App now has the option to search and replace text, apply styles and formatting to tables and insert headers and footers.
Excel Web App now has the option to drag and drop cells and sheets and displays a quick analysis of the selected range of cells in the status bar. There is also support for more worksheet types including protected spreadsheets. Learn more on the Office 365 blog here and access Office Web Apps for free here.