Microsoft Word will now offer suggestions to rewrite your sentences

Word provides alternative suggestions for how to rewrite your phrases

Microsoft yesterday released a new Office for Windows Desktop build (version 1906-11629.20196). This new Insider build comes with several new features. The new Rewrite feature in Word will now offer suggestions to rewrite your sentences. To get suggestions, right click a word and select Rewrite.

Email message with ink in the body

The new Outlook build will now allow you to draw on top of pictures or add a drawing canvas. Microsoft has also added the new Sun/Moon button to switch between the light and dark background in the Outlook Reading Pane. Another neat feature in this Outlook build is related to search. You can now find what you’re looking for even when your spelling doesn’t match.

Finally, Microsoft now allow you to decide how links to Office documents open: in the browser or in the Office app.

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Use iPhone and Windows 10? Microsoft, Apple may have just made your life easier

Microsoft unveils a new Apple iCloud for Windows app that integrates with Windows 10 File Explorer.

In a win for both tech giants, Apple has launched an “all-new” iCloud app for Windows that’s available in the Microsoft Store.

The revamped iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive feature that makes it easier to share files between iOS devices and Windows 10 PCs.

The one-time rivals for desktop domination and former smartphone competitors are collaborating to improve the experience for iPhone owners who use Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft’s says there are now 825 million active Windows 10 devices. A good chunk of them would also own an Apple iPhone and/or an iPad.

While the companies do compete on some technologies – Siri versus Cortana, for example – the cloud, Google, and mobile has diminished that rivalry and helped spawn numerous collaborative efforts.   

This time, Apple hasn’t even bothered to announce the new iCloud for Windows app, leaving Microsoft to herald its arrival in the Microsoft Store with a new iCloud Drive feature.

“We’re excited to announce that starting today, iCloud for Windows is now available to download as an app in the Microsoft Store worldwide,” said Giorgio Sardo, engineering general manager for the Microsoft 365 developer ecosystem.

Microsoft boasts that Apple’s software uses the same tech that powers Microsoft’s OneDrive Files On-Demand, a feature that helps users access files in the cloud even when they’re offline.

The iCloud for Windows app and iCloud Drive gives users access to iCloud Drive files from within Windows 10 File Explorer and doesn’t use up storage on the PC.

Users can also choose files and folders they want to keep on a PC as well as store files in iCloud Drive and then access them from an iOS device, a Mac and on the iCloud website.

Apple did release an updated support page titled ‘What is iCloud for Windows?’, showing an iPad and iPhone next to a Windows PC with the iCloud app open above File Explorer in the background. 

“If you use iCloud for Windows 10, you can use iCloud Drive to initiate shared files or to optimize files. You can also pin files or folders locally so they don’t optimize back to iCloud, and access shared photo streams and improved iCloud Photo Library support,” Apple notes.


The revamped iCloud for Windows app introduces a new iCloud Drive feature that makes it easier to share files between iOS devices and Windows 10 PCs.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update now available to all seekers

Microsoft has been very cautious with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update roll-out following the issues of the October 2018 Update, and today, nearly a month after the official roll-out began, Microsoft has made the update more accessible to Windows 10 users.

Microsoft has updated their support document to announce that the May Update is now available to all seekers ie. those who check for updates.

They write:

Current status as of June 6, 2019:

Windows 10, version 1903 is available for any user who manually selects “Check for updates” via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.
Note follow @WindowsUpdate to find out when new content is published to the release information dashboard.

This does not mean every PC checking will get the update. If there are known blockers Microsoft will still decline pushing the update to your PC.

Current known issues include:

  • Windows Sandbox may fail to start with error code “0x80070002”
  • Loss of functionality in Dynabook Smartphone Link app
  • Display brightness may not respond to adjustments
  • Audio not working with Dolby Atmos headphones and home theater

For the very best experience with the update we recommend waiting for Microsoft to explicitly push out the update to your PC.

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Microsoft Reclaims $1 Trillion Mark as Stock Climbs to Record

Microsoft Corp. gained for a fourth day, climbing back above the coveted $1 trillion level in market value amid a broader rally in tech megacaps.

Shares rose as much as 3.5% to $132.25, reaching a record intraday high in New York trading Friday. The rally pushed Microsoft’s market capitalization to $1.01 trillion, the first time it’s climbed above the 13-digit mark since briefly touching that level in April.

Microsoft tops $1 trillion in value, leaving Apple and Amazon behind

Microsoft has fared better than most of its largest tech peers this week, as the possibility of Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc. facing antitrust reviews from U.S. agencies and renewed concerns over trade disputes spooked traders. Microsoft has gained almost 7% in the past five sessions, while Google parent Alphabet fell 3.5% and Facebook lost 2.9%. Apple Inc., which also initially fell on antitrust concerns Monday, recovered to gain nearly 9% this week.

“Management noted Microsoft is better positioned than ever to maintain wallet share of customers through an economic downturn, given the broader budget exposure beyond IT,” Piper Jaffray analyst Alex J. Zukin wrote in a June 5 note. “However, they indicated they were not seeing any signs of an economic slowdown nor any weakness in the economy.”

Zukin is among the 36 analysts with a buy-equivalent rating on Microsoft’s stock, while one rates it a hold and two recommend selling, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average price target of $143 suggests another 8.7% in upside returns from the stock, while one rates it a hold and two recommend selling, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The average price target of $143 suggests another 8.7% in upside returns from the stock’s current price.

“We continue to very much have a ‘buy it and forget it’ mentality on the stock right now as the company appears to be in midst of secular fundamental growth,” Zukin wrote.

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Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 20H1 Build With Minor Improvements

Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders today. The company is pushing out a build from the 20H1 release to Insiders in the Fast Ring. The new build 18912, however, is quite minor and doesn’t include any major new features.

There is only one main improvement to the Narrator that lets you hear the title of the page on hyperlinks before actually opening them. “Do you get frustrated tabbing through “Click me” links? Narrator can now tell you the title of the page that’s linked to—just press Caps + Ctrl + D, and Narrator will take the URL of the hyperlink you are on and send it to an online service that will provide the page title to Narrator”, Microsoft said.

The new build also includes a number of minor bug fixes and improvements:

  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing unexpected green screens in the last flight which cited an error with win32k.sys.
  • We fixed a high hitting DWM crash from the last two flights that was resulting in the screen frequently going black (and then everything showing again).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Focus Assist unexpectedly enabling via the full screen automatic rule for some users after minimizing all apps.
  • We fixed an issue where, if you used remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, the taskbar search results were not visible (just a dark area).
  • We fixed an issue where certain emoji weren’t being read out by Text to Speech (TTS).
  • We fixed an issue where, when selecting a color filter in the Ease of Access settings, it may not have taken effect right away unless the color filters option was turned off and back on again.
  • We fixed an issue where users navigating to the Graphics Settings page in the Settings application may have experienced Settings application crashes.
  • We fixed an issue where double-clicking the update icon in the taskbar would result in Settings launching, then immediately crashing.
  • We fixed an issue that impacted emoji panel and clipboard history reliability in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) to not appear sometimes.
  • We fixed an issue where Chinese Pinyin and Wubi IME text candidates couldn’t be selected by number keys in the Numpad.
  • We fixed an issue where the size of tooltips for the Chinese Pinyin IME candidate window were an inconsistent font size.

There are also a couple of known issues in this build, so you should probably check out the full changelog here if you are planning to install the build on your main machine.

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Microsoft’s foldable patent paves way for a durable PC folding screen

microsoft foldable display patent durability uspto

Even though Microsoft may have shelved plans to introduce its Surface Phone, the company is still hard at work in the foldable space. A recently uncovered Microsoft patent filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office revealed that Microsoft wants to make folding screens more durable. The learnings here could pave way for the launch of more foldable devices, including the company’s unannounced Centaurus PC, a device that’s believed to sport a larger form factor than Project Andromeda. Microsoft’s patent will help limit over-bending and calls for a reinforcement structure comprised of “a plurality of unit cells” placed on the rear of the OLED panel to make the display more durable.

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Microsoft’s rumored dual-screen Surface is a reality, says report

Is this the return of the Courier?

Microsoft reportedly has a dual-screen Surface prototype up and running.

The Windows maker recently demoed a dual-screen Surface internally, according to a report Monday from The Verge. Going by the codename Centaurus, the new device is said to likely use the company’s Windows Lite OS, which is a slimmed-down, dual-screen version of Windows designed to compete against Google’s Chrome OS.

First news of Centaurus came in December 2018. It was reportedly set to replace an earlier concept for a foldable dual-screen, pocket-sized device codenamed Andromeda, which was shelved by Microsoft in late 2018.


The Microsoft Courier tablet concept that was never released.


Back in 2009, Microsoft developed a dual-screen tablet called the Courier that was set to go up against the Apple iPad, but it was canceled and eventually replaced by the Surface.

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