Hitting the news headlines this week from the Microsoft universe was the latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview, which shows the software firm fine tuning the platform ready for launch.
Elsewhere, Microsoft rolled out a preview of Office apps for Android smartphones and delivered updates for its Surface Pro tablets, while a former aide to David Cameron claims that Microsoft tried to stop the UK government adopting open standards.
Latest Windows 10 build shows UI tweaks as clock ticks down to launch
Microsoft has pushed out a new build of its Windows 10 Technical Preview showing a number of tweaks and updates to the user experience as the company tunes up the platform ready for its official release this summer.
Microsoft releases public preview of Office for Android on smartphones
Microsoft has released a public preview of Office for Android for smartphones which allows Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, to be used on smartphone touch screens. The move follows the positive reception for the preview of Office for Android tablets in January.
Microsoft has lightweight collaboration and project management mobile apps in the works
Microsoft is said to be building out a portfolio of productivity apps designed to run on various mobile platforms, including lightweight collaboration and project management tools.
Microsoft provides data loss prevention on OneDrive for Business file syncing
Microsoft is enabling businesses to extend data loss prevention to users of the cloud-based OneDrive storage service, letting them block client sync requests coming from devices that are not domain-joined.
Microsoft rolls out May Surface Pro firmware updates
Microsoft has delivered a number of firmware updates for its Surface Pro 3 and Surface 2 tablet devices for compatibility with new graphics drivers and to improve performance.
Microsoft reportedly leaned on the UK government over its plans for open standards
A former government aide has claimed that Microsoft was so unhappy with the UK government's moves in the direction of open standards that it threatened to pull research facilities and investment out of the country.
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